Renewable generation outpaces nuclear in nine countries, report says

World Nuclear Status Report

A new report says renewable energy generation has overtaken nuclear in several countries.

In the report, “The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2015,” says output from renewables outpaces nuclear in China, Germany, Japan, Brazil, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. In 2014, there was an additional 694 TWh per year of wind power and 185 TWh of solar photovoltaics, both exceeding nuclear’s additional 147 TWh of generating capacity. The report says there are five fewer nuclear reactors under construction around the world compared to 62 in 2013. Last year, five reactors started operations: Three in China, one in Argentina and one in Russia. One reactor shut down, the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, in 2014. In the first half of 2015, four reactors in China and one in South Korea started operations while two were shut down in Belgium and Germany.

The report says there are delays in the development of nuclear in so-called newcomer countries, such as Bangladesh, Egypt and Vietnam. The report also states that out of 18 Generation III+ reactors under construction, 16 are delayed between two and nine years.

To read the full report, click here.

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