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## How many MW are in a nuclear power plant?

At the end of 2020, there were 94 operating reactors with a combined generation capacity of about **96,555 MW**. From 2014 through 2018, annual nuclear generation capacity and electricity generation increased each year even as the number of operating reactors declined.

## What does 500 MW power plant mean?

500 MW is **the rate at which the power plant is producing electricity**. 500 MWh is the total amount of electric energy that it produces during that hour. … Here is how to think about this problem: the plant produced 100 MW of electric power for 1/3 of an hour, 500 MW for 1/3 of an hour and 300 MW for 1/3 of an hour.

## What is the capacity factor of a plant?

A plant’s capacity factor is **equal to the amount of electricity it produces over a specified period divided by the amount of electricity** that would have been produced if the plant had been running at its installed capacity during that same period.

## How do you find the capacity factor of a power plant?

To calculate the capacity factor, **take the total amount of energy the plant produced during a period of time and divide by the amount of energy the plant would have produced at full capacity**.

## What is a load factor and capacity factor of a power plant?

Load Factor, also called Capacity Factor, for a given period, is **the ratio of the energy which the power reactor unit has produced over that period divided by the energy it would have produced at its reference power capacity over that period**.