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Wednesday
Sep282016

New renewables leave new nuclear in the dust  

The 2016 World Nuclear Industry Status Report held its U.S. rollout this week, with lead author Mycle Schneider, and contributing author, M.V. Ramana, making some salient points during the presentation.  Beyond Nuclear strongly recommends reading the full report. A few standout observations from the presentation: While nuclear startups are almost all in China, nuclear energy there contributes only 3% of the electricity share and China also leads in renewable installation. The combination of reduced energy consumption, along with renewable energy, has already enabled Japan to replace 56% of the electricity previously provided by its nuclear fleet. Globally, solar power output grew by 33%, wind power by 17%, and nuclear by 1.3%. Renewable energy in the UK produced 29 TWH of electricity in 2015, more than the proposed two Hinkley Point reactors (which The Economist labeled "Hinkley Pointless") can deliver. More