Watts Bar Unit 2 Begins Scheduled Refueling, Maintenance Outage
SPRING CITY, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 2 safely began a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage late Friday evening after generating more than 13.7 billion kilowatt-hours of carbon-free energy during 490 days of operation.
“Refueling and maintenance outages allow our highly skilled team members to make the improvements and upgrades to the unit’s systems and components to ensure Watts Bar Unit 2 continues to deliver safe and reliable carbon-free energy for 10 million people across the Tennessee Valley,” said Tony Williams, TVA Watts Bar Site Vice President. “As our region continues to grow at a rate three times the national average, it’s important that our longtime as well as our new residents of the region know they can count on Watts Bar and TVA to consistently generate the power needed for their homes and businesses.”
More than 10,000 work activities are planned, including the loading of 92 new nuclear fuel assemblies, performing inspections of reactor components and steam generators, maintenance of plant equipment, and installing unit enhancements.
Watts Bar Unit 2 is one of seven TVA nuclear reactors. TVA’s nuclear fleet is the third largest in the nation, safely and reliably providing more than 40% of all electricity TVA generates. Combined with other parts of TVA’s diverse generation system, nuclear power is the major contributor as the agency drives to be net-zero by 2050.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship, and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse, and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas, and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s drive toward a clean energy future.
TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.