Following on the Beyond Nuclear press release announcing the new 2015 World Nuclear Industry Status Report, eNews Park Forest picked up and amplified the key findings. "If renewable energy advocates need more evidence that solar and wind are better investments than nuclear power, a new report may offer just that," wrote staff reporter, Andrea Germanos.
Marking a first in five decades, Japan went without nuclear power for an entire year, the report states. And three of the world’s largest economies—China, Germany, Japan—as well as Brazil, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Spain, now all generate more electricity from non-hydro renewables than from nuclear.
In the UK, renewable energy, including hydropower, provided more electricity output than nuclear in 2014.
Global generation from solar was up 38 percent, and wind power increased over 10 percent. In contrast, nuclear power generation was up just 2.2 percent.
Further, global investments in renewable were far higher than those in the nuclear power sector.
Beyond Nuclear, an organization that advocates for a safe, democratic energy future, said the report belies claims of a "nuclear renaissance."
"This is a valuable study which each year separates empirical fact from nuclear industry fantasy," said Kevin Kamps, a spokesperson for the organization. "It exposes the incredible uncertainties attached to a nuclear energy economy while demonstrating beyond the shadow of a doubt that renewable energy and energy efficiency are a far sounder investment and a much safer choice."