Nuclear power enters a new phase

Primary energy mix past and future (Source: BP 2035 Energy Outlook, 2013)
Primary energy mix past and future (Source: BP 2035 Energy Outlook, 2013)

The nuclear debate is taking, once again, a new tone. Following the global anti-nuclear sentiment after the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant in March 2011, some major energy-consuming governments have drastically shifted their attitude and are pushing for the revival of the nuclear agenda. Despite this renewed enthusiasm, the contribution of nuclear power is likely to remain in line with the trend of the last 50 years.

<i>2012 marked the biggest decline in nuclear energy ever. Some governments have recently reversed their stance and are pushing ahead with new nuclear plans. In sharp contrast to its predecessor, which considered phasing out nuclear power by 2040, the current ...

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