Nuclear Energy Spans the Globe

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the United States will need 22 percent more electricity by the year 2035. Across the globe, energy consumption will increase to approximately 1,700 terawatt-hours; this is the equivalent of home electricity used today in America and in Japan (nei.org). Population growth and the convenience and expanded use of modern technology in our everyday lives will create an increased need for electricity to ensure our electronics, mobile phones and other devices work with the touch of a fingertip or the flip of a switch.

With 104 nuclear operators across the country, nuclear energy provides approximately 20 percent of the electricity in the United States. Although the United States has more nuclear reactors than any other country, France, Belgium and Slovakia produce more than 50 percent of their electricity using nuclear power. France, with its 58 nuclear reactors, produces more than 77 percent of its electricity with nuclear energy – more than any other country in the world. And, there are several countries which produce more than 30 or 40 percent of their electricity with nuclear energy. Across the globe, nuclear energy provides approximately 13.5 percent of the world’s electricity. For more information on nuclear plants around the world and the amount of electricity they produce see: world statistics and world nuclear reactors.

Countries Continue to Make Investments in Nuclear Energy

As our demand for clean and reliable sources of energy continues to increase, nuclear energy remains one of the safest and efficient sources of base load generation we can depend on 365-days-a-year. Across the world, more than 60 new nuclear reactors are currently under construction with 160 planned. China leads with 26 currently under construction, followed by Russia with 10 and India with seven (world-nuclear.org).

Since President Eisenhower’s famous Atoms for Peace address at the United Nations General Assembly in 1953 where he encouraged a “world-wide investigation into the most effective peacetime uses of fissionable material…” nuclear technology for research and civil purposes continues to improve. To ensure economies across the globe have the energy they need to thrive, foster growth and sustainability, the fuel sources used to produce energy must be diverse; including nuclear energy. Nuclear energy continues to expand as a global industry with the highest levels of safety and reliability, the ability to safely store and recycle used nuclear fuel, extended operating licenses and the development of new reactor technologies.

A Global Industry Committed to Learning and Improvement

Utilities and operators of nuclear plants around the world are committed to learning from each other and sharing operating experience. To foster the industry’s commitment of continuous improvement and standards of excellence, several organizations have been formed to promote safety, provide oversight, improve international nuclear policy and encourage a forum for sharing knowledge and information. These organizations provide opportunities for utilities and nuclear plant operators to work together and share information regarding plant operations. Because the performance of one nuclear plant can affect the entire industry, these organizations encourage nuclear plant operators to internalize lessons learned from nuclear events – regardless of where they occur – to improve plant performance.

For more information, visit the following sites:

World Nuclear Association

World Association of Nuclear Operators

International Atomic Energy Agency

Nuclear Energy Around the World 
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