Nuclear Status Report: World Energy Generation in Decline


nuclear_energy_productionThe World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014, published on July 29, provides an in-depth look at global nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction.

The findings of the report illustrate that nuclear energy is in a decline period. Levels of nuclear that supply the world’s electricity are at 10.8 percent today, down from 17.6 percent in 1996. Many countries have shut down or cancelled construction plans in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima accident, and only China has aggressive plans for increasing nuclear as a base load power source. High fixed costs and delays in construction have slowed growth in emerging markets. The slow of nuclear construction — compounded with aging reactor fleets — could be increasingly harmful for efforts to reduce carbon emissions, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

These six charts from the report display the rise and fall of nuclear power, according to Vox.