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Nuclear generated electricity is not just produced in the United States. Most developed countries world-wide have nuclear power plants generating electricity for their citizens. Furthermore, nuclear power generation continues to grow annually. With concerns over the environmental effects of global warming and pollution from gases emitted from coal-fired plants, the demand for nuclear power is projected to continue to increase a great deal in the next decades.
As of February 2013, 30 countries worldwide are operating 437 nuclear reactors for electricity generation and 71 new nuclear plants are under construction in 14 countries. Included in this number are 104 plants operating in 31 states.
While the U.S. can boast about having the most nuclear power plants, electrical power from this plants provides less than 20% of all power supplied in the U.S. Other countries are much more dependent on nuclear than the U.S. The next figure ranks the per capita supply of nuclear power for the top 10 nuclear power generating countries. For 2011 nuclear energy represented about 77% of total electricity production in France, 54% in Slovakia, 54% in Belgium, 47% in Ukraine, 43% in Hungary, 42% in Slovenia, 40% in Switzerland, 40% in Sweden, 35% Korea Republic, and 33% in Armenia.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Power Reactor Information System (PRIS), developed and maintained by the IAEA for over four decades, is a comprehensive database focusing on nuclear power plants worldwide. PRIS contains information on power reactors in operation, under construction or those being decommissioned.
This is a simply excellent video on nuclear energy for a wide audience. How much and how well can one person communicate on nuclear energy in less than 90 seconds? Click play to find out:
Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information of the American Nuclear Society
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