OCTOBER 09, 2013 —
Nuclear Power‘s Uncertain Future
New Worldwatch Institute analysis examines the state of the global nuclear energy industry
Washington, D.C. – October 9, 2013 (Investorideas.com newswire) Global nuclear generation capacity increased by 4.2 gigawatts (GW), or 1.1 percent, to 373.1 GW and the number of operational reactors also increased by two units to a total of 437 nuclear reactors worldwide last year, according to the new Vital Signs Online trend released by the Worldwatch Institute. The increases are net figures, taking into account new plants, decommissioned reactors, and units returned to service after having been offline for a certain period.
Expansion of nuclear power generating capacity has slowed considerably-just 75 GW were added, compared with 296 GW during the preceding quarter century. Today, nuclear power is the only mainstream energy technology that does not show significant growth. Its share of the world’s primary energy supply actually fell, from 6.4 percent in 2002 to just 4.5 percent ten years later.