How much power does the average nuclear power plant generate?



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    A large nuclear power plant produces about a million kilowatts of electricity. Obviously this figure will vary based on the size of the plant and multiple other contributing factors. A kilowatt is 1,000 watts and a million kilowatts is also called a gigawatt.

    This would hypothetically produce 8,760 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year. You can see how many kilowatt hours you use on your power bill every month (kwh).


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    The average nuclear power plant that generated electricity came to about 12.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh). There are 65 nuclear power plants with 104 operating nuclear reactors that makes up to a total of 807 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), or about 20% of the nation’s electricity. 

    According to U.S. energy information administration (EIA), about 36 of those plants have 2 or more reactors. The Palo Verde plant in Arizona has three reactors and had the largest combined generating capacity of 3,942 Megawatts (MW) in 2010.  Fort Calhoun in Nebraska had the smallest capacity with a single reactor at 478 Megawatts (MW) in 2010. & the average plant capacity factor was 90%. 

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