POSTED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 7:30am
UPDATED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 7:34am
NBC News — A nuclear reactor in central Japan brought online earlier this month has begun generating energy for the country. Unit three at the Ohi Power Plant began generating electricity thursday morning.
The plant's operator restarted the reactor on sunday for the first time in 15 months. The utility plans to bring the reactor's output to 40% by friday before reaching full capacity on monday. Japan ordered the country's nuclear power plants shut down shortly after the devastating earthquake and tsunami last year.