Buchanan – Control room operators at the Indian Point unit 2 nuclear power
plant shut down the unit to begin its 21st scheduled refueling outage at 1:00
a.m. on Monday.
Unit 2 was online generating electricity for more than 16,500 hours – or more
than 99 percent of the time -- since it returned to service from its previous
refueling outage in April 2012.
“About 2,000 workers, including 1000 additional highly skilled contract
employees, will help perform hundreds of scheduled maintenance activities and
inspections during the Unit 2 refueling outage,” said John Ventosa, site vice
president and top Entergy official at Indian Point. “Indian Point’s unit 2 has
safely and reliably generated electricity for New Yorkers over the past two
years and we look forward to its continued safe operation for years to come.”
U.S. nuclear power plants are among the most reliable of any type of
electricity generator, operating on average more than 90% of the time. Nuclear
plants also help regional electricity grids maintain a diverse array of fuel
generation and protect against an over-reliance on a single fuel type.
Unit 3 continues operating at full power and completed its last refueling
outage in March 2013.
Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, N.Y., is home to two operating
nuclear power plants, unit 2 and unit 3, which generate approximately 2000
megawatts of electricity for homes, business and public facilities in New York
City and Westchester County.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in
electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and
operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating
capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one
of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas,
Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11
billion and approximately 14,000 employees.
Entergy’s online address is www.entergy.com
Indian Point Energy Center’s online address is