The Covid 19 pandemic, modernization efforts, and weather increased by 35% the number of outages incurred by US nuclear plants during the summer, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). At the Fermi Unit 2 facility in Michigan, a refueling outage lasted 131 days because of Covid 19 delays. Grand Gulf in Mississippi underwent an 89-day extended refueling and maintenance outage while plant operators modernized its turbine control system. The Duane Arnold facility in Iowa was knocked offline by high winds that damaged its cooling towers. What is your impression about the impact of such problems on how utilities manage power?
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