For the second month in a row, gas-fired generation gained ground on coal compared with the previous year by not falling off nearly as sharply. With total power demand up 1 percent from November 2012, gas-fired generation decreased by a mere 2 percent while coal stumbled 9 percent. Nuclear generation and renewables continued to show strength, pushing the higher priced fuels from the stack.
Nuclear generation was up 13 percent vs. the previous November after Hurricane Sandy helped drive increased unplanned outages in 2012. That, combined with many late refueling outages, drove last year’s nuclear output to the lowest November since before 2001. Brown’s Ferry 1, Point Beach 2, Prairie Island 1, Sequoyah 2, Summer, Surry 2 and Waterford 3 were all at 100 percent this year vs. being offline in 2012. Overall, 31 nuclear units ran at least 15 percent stronger in November 2013, while only 15 were at least 15 percent weaker.
Renewables continued their strong 2013 and were up 20 percent this November compared to last November and 7 percent stronger year-to-date. Year-to-date gas-fired generation continues to lag 2012 by 12 percent as coal still holds onto a narrowing 4 percent increase.
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