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TODAY IN ENERGY: Friday, November 2, 2012

Extended outages at several nuclear plants led to high outage levels in 2012

Outages at U.S. nuclear power plants in 2012 are generally higher than in recent years because of extended forced outages at four nuclear plants and recent outages because of safety concerns from Hurricane Sandy. U.S. nuclear reactor operators typically schedule refueling and maintenance outages during the spring and fall to help ensure that reactors are available to meet higher electric demand levels in the summer and winter.

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