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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.
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The ANS Standards Service Award recognizes outstanding achievement by individuals in the generation and use of ANS standards in the field of nuclear science and engineering. The award recognizes significant contributions to the development, application, and management control of ANS standards.
The award consists of an engraved plaque. It is to be made no more frequently than once per year and is normally conferred during the ANS Winter Meeting, but may be presented to more than one individual if merit warrants.
Nomination and Eligibility
Anyone can nominate worthy candidates for the ANS Standards Service Award. The nominees shall be current or past members of the ANS Standards Committee. The award need not be given in periods when qualified candidates are not submitted.
This award was established in 1984 by the ANS Standards Board to identify and honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of ANS nuclear standards accepted by recognized authorities as the most practical and appropriate criteria and methods to safely implement good working practices and responses to regulatory initiatives.
Administration and control of standards shall be judged by the timeliness of availability, the efficiency of the review and consensus process, or the typical duration between the start of a project and the publication of the standard. General acceptance shall be determined by the sales volume, the endorsement of standards by appropriate regulatory bodies, or the overall usefulness of the standard at the time it becomes available commensurate with industrial need.
The award shall recognize a sustained effort on the part of the recipient to attain the above standards of achievement as well as benefits accruing from the attainment well beyond the time when it was initially established.
Areas to be considered in evaluating development include:
Nominations must include the completed nomination form accompanied by the following supporting documents:
Nomination forms and supporting documents (in Word or Adobe Acrobat) should be emailed to Patricia Schroeder
Hard copies can be mailed to:
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