FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is currently operating at high power.

The net capacity factor for August was 87.79 per cent. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced.

On Friday, Aug. 4, the station was safely taken offline to repair a fault with a transformer monitoring device before reconnecting to the grid and returning to high power on Monday, Aug. 7.

Last month, the station produced 431,080 net megawatt-hours of non-emitting electricity, representing about 58 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations.

The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is a 660 megawatt (net) nuclear generating station and a base load contributor to the New Brunswick electrical grid. It produces enough non-emitting electricity to power more than 333,000 homes per year and is a foundational piece of the company’s domestic energy supply and export sales. Point Lepreau is a major component of the generating assets that will contribute to the provincial goal of having as much as 75 per cent of the electricity used in New Brunswick coming from clean, renewable or non-emitting sources by 2020.