FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station has operated at high power since its return to power from a planned maintenance outage on May 31.

During the first quarter of the 2018-19 fiscal year, the station operated at high power for a total of 37 days, producing 558,763 net megawatt-hours of non-emitting electricity.

Since returning to power, the station’s production has represented about 66 per cent of the total net generation from NB Power generating stations, with a net capacity factor of 100 per cent. Capacity factor is the megawatt-hour output of a generating station compared to the maximum that could be produced.

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.