Nuclear Power Plants -- Number, Capacity, and Generation: 1960 to 2006

Added By Infochimps

The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 905):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 12 rows and 48 columns.

0.1 represents 100,000 kilowatts. For terms related to nuclear power plants, see notes tab


  1. Total of nuclear generating units holding full-power licenses, or equivalent permission
    to operate, at the end of the year. Although Browns Ferry 1 was shut down in 1985, the unit
    has remained fully licensed and thus has continued to be counted as operable during the
  2. As of year-end.
  3. Net summer capacity is the steady hourly output that
    generating equipment is expected to supply to system load, exclusive
    of auxiliary power, as demonstrated by test at the time
    of summer peak demand.
  4. Weighted average of monthly capacity factors. Monthly factors are
    derived by dividing actual monthly generation by the maximum possible
    generation for the month (number of hours in the month multiplied by the net summer capacity
    at the end of the month).


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.