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Nuclear lobby does not divulge the numbers in the global nuclear energy decline

For the longer term picture on the decline of nuclear I still recommend theirWorld Nuclear Industry Status Report 2012.

Nuclear Lobby Doesn’t Tell How Much Nuclear Generated Last Year Feb 19 2013   by  The good news for Australian Fossil Nukes like the one I discussed yesterday is that nuclear didn’t decline at all in Australia last year.

That is of course caused by the fact that it is completely illegal there in the first place, and there is no way to further decline from zero…..

While it is easy to find out how much nuclear declined in Australia, it is surprisingly difficult to find out what happened world wide.

Of course for Germany one look at the latest numbers from Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen shows that nuclear is down to 99.5 TWh in 2012, from 108.0 in 2011, for a decline of around 7.9%. In the same year 2012, solar production was up 44% in Germany.

Where would one expect to find data on World nuclear generation in 2012?

The first candidate would be the World Nuclear Association. Their relevant page titled “Nuclear Power in the World Today” was last updated in April 2012, but actually only shows data from 2010 and 2008, conveniently hiding the substantial decline in 2011.

No luck for anyone interested in finding data there about “nuclear today”, I guess.

Next up is the “Nuclear Energy Institute”, describing itself as “the policy organization for the nuclear industry”. Sure they would have data on something so basic as production in 2012.

Again, no such luck. Their page only shows data until 2011.

The same is true of the International Atomic Energy Agency. They also either don’t know or don’t tell about 2012, their data set ending with 2011.

In contrast, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report site came up right onJanuary first with a summary for 2012, which doesn’t show generation numbers, but gives an overview describing the how many new units were connected to the grid (three) and how many old ones were retired (four).

For the longer term picture on the decline of nuclear I still recommend theirWorld Nuclear Industry Status Report 2012.


February 21, 2013 - Posted by | general

1 Comment »

  1. from the world nuclear industry status report 2012
    “…Prior to the March 2011 (3/11) Fukushima disaster, the nuclear industry had made it clear that it
    could not afford another major accident. Over the past ten years the industry has sold a survival
    strategy to the world as the nuclear revival or its renaissance.

    In reality many nuclear companies and utilities were already in great difficulties before the triple disaster hit the Japanese east coast in 2011. Fifteen months after 3/11, it is likely that the decline of the industry will only accelerate. Fukushima continues to have a significant impact on nuclear developments everywhere. Fifteen years ago, nuclear power provided over one third of the electricity in Japan, but as of May 2012 the last operating reactor was closed.

    The Japanese government is facing massive opposition to nuclear power in the country, thus making the restart of any reactors difficult. The controversy over the restart permission for the Ohi reactors in the Kansai region illustrates the dilemma. Germany shut down half of its nuclear fleet after 3/11. Japan and Germany could be leading a new trend.

    The German direction is clear with the possibility of Japan following: an electricity system based on
    highly efficient use and renewable energy technologies, even if many questions remain, including the
    timescale, local versus centralized, grid transformation and smart system development. It appears
    increasingly obvious that nuclear systems are not competitive in this world, whether from systemic,
    economic, environmental or social points of view.

    The nuclear establishment has a long history of failing to deliver. In 1973-1974, the International
    Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) forecasted an installed nuclear capacity of 3,600-5,000 GW in the
    world by 2000, ten times what it is today. The latest example was from Hans Blix, former Director
    General of the IAEA, who stated two months after 3/11: “Fukushima is a bump in the road…”. The
    statement is both crass and far from today’s reality…..”


    Comment by arclight2011 | February 21, 2013 | Reply

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