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New York’s electricity power down, nuclear reactors’ reaction to Hurricane Irene

Power Disruptions Rise as a Weakening Irene Rakes New York, Bloomberg, By Julie Johnsson – Aug 28, 2011 More than 3 million homes and businesses along the U.S. East Coast were without power today as a weakening Hurricane Irene lashed New York with winds and rain…. Exelon Corp. (EXC)’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey shut down its reactor as a precaution ahead of the storm, and other reactors reduced power.

One of the nuclear reactors at Constellation Energy Group Inc. (CEG)’s Calvert Cliffs nuclear station in Lusby, Maryland, shut down automatically after the plant’s main transformer was hit by wind-driven debris, the company said in a statement. The plant remains safe, the company said…..

Nuclear reactors near the coast in New Jersey and Connecticut began powering down as a precaution, said David McIntyre, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Reducing power will allow the plants to shut down faster and more efficiently if it becomes necessary…..


August 29, 2011 - Posted by | general

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