The annual report on the state of the nuclear industry in the world called the World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR) brought data on the share of nuclear energy in total electricity production. Last year, this share fell by four percent and was worth 2,546 terawatt hours. Nuclear’s share of global electricity production thus fell to 9.2 percent, the lowest since the 1980s.
Proponents of nuclear energy, however, argue that the technology could be key to meeting climate protection goals. The largest producer of nuclear energy is the United States, followed by China, Reuters reported.
In the middle of this year, according to the report, a total of 407 nuclear reactors were in operation in 32 countries. There were four fewer reactors than a year ago and 31 fewer than in 2002, when their number was a record. The average age of nuclear reactors at the end of last year rose to 31.4 years from 31 years in the middle of last year.
In the middle of this year, 58 nuclear reactors with a capacity of 58.6 gigawatts were under construction. Four-fifths of the reactors are being built in Asia and Eastern Europe, and more than half are facing delays, Reuters reports, citing a report.