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U.S. nuclear capacity factors: Resiliency and new realities
In the early years of the Nuclear News capacity factors survey, any factor over 70 was deemed excellent; any factor under 50 was considered poor. By that standard, all but two operating U.S. power reactors chalked up excellent performance during 2017–2019. A record 809.4 TWh of electricity was generated in the United States from nuclear energy in 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), besting the record of 807.1 TWh set in 2018.
Nuclear News staff developed the capacity factors survey in the early 1980s as a way to identify the most productive reactors in an expanding fleet. Fleet improvement was the industry’s self-identified goal, but no one could anticipate the startlingly rapid pace of improvement, spurred by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), which boosted fleetwide performance to highs that continue today.
Downloads: Download Nomination Form
Presented at the
NPIC-HMIT Topical Meeting
or the ANS Annual Meeting, in the years that NPIC-HMIT is not held
The Ted Quinn Early Career Award recognizes an individual for outstanding early-career contributions to nuclear instrumentation and control or human-machine interface technologies.
The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution early in his or her career in one or both of the fields of nuclear instrumentation and control or human-machine interface. This can be exemplified by either one significant achievement or a sustained effort in several engineering projects. Nominees must meet the following criteria:
The award consists of a plaque and monetary award of $500 presented annually at the ANS Nuclear Plant Instrumentation and Controls – Human Machine Interface Technology (NPIC-HMIT) Topical Meeting or at the ANS Annual Meeting, in the years that NPIC-HMIT is not held. No funding for travel reimbursement of meetings attendance is anticipated.
This award was established by the ANS Human Factors, Instrumentation & Control Division (HFICD) in 2017. It is named after Mr. Ted Quinn, President of Technology Resources, recognized leader in nuclear instrumentation and controls, and past ANS President. This award highlights the importance of young members in the future developments of nuclear instrumentation and controls and human factors research, development, and deployment. This award is fully-funded by a $15,000 contribution by Mr. Quinn.
Nominations are made with the ANS nomination form accompanied by:
The award recipient is selected by the Honors and Awards Subcommittee of the HFICD. It is awarded once per year, if an eligible candidate is nominated and selected.
Nomination forms and supporting documents (in Word or Adobe Acrobat) should be emailed to Brent Shumaker, HFICD Honors and Awards Subcommittee Chair with a cc to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hard copies can be mailed to:
Honors and AwardsAmerican Nuclear Society555 N. Kensington AvenueLa Grange Park, IL 60526-5535