Top Nuclear Sites Ranked
U.S. nuclear power plants continued to improve in 1996 as industry-wide production costs fell 1.6 percent to $18.92 per net MWh, according to statistics from the Utility Data Institute (UDI). Industry-wide output was unchanged at 674 million MWh. Total production expenditures, including fuel, were $12.7 billion.
For 1996, the top two plants were both operated by Virginia Power. First place went to Surry, a two-unit, 1,695 MW pressurized water reactor (PWR) station with a variable production cost of $11.45/MWh. Surry rose from 16th place in the 1995 rankings. Second place went to North Anna, last year`s top-ranked plant. North Anna is a two-unit, 1,959 MW PWR station with a variable O&M cost of $12.65/MWh.
Third place for 1996 was captured by North Atlantic Energy`s Seabrook facility at $12.96/MWh, up from 26th place in 1995. Rounding out the top 10