Nuclear Outages Surpass 10-Year Highs

Nuclear outages reached record high levels in April 2011 as tornadoes and severe storms in the Southeast damaged critical transmission infrastructure.

Nuclear outages reached record high levels in 2011 as tornadoes and severe storms in the Southeast damaged critical transmission infrastructure, while increased scrutiny following Japan’s nuclear crisis led to extended maintenance periods. These variables presented some unexpected supply issues to the U.S. power market early in the cooling season.

Platts Market Alert, Nuclear Outages Surpass 10-Year Highs, details how severe weather, extended maintenance periods and other variables affected the power market in 2011.