Nuclear power in America – 24/7 carbon-free baseload
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- Mar 29, 2021 10:31 am GMTMar 27, 2021 6:29 pm GMT
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Nuclear power in America has been a stalwart baseload resource for more than fifty years. Since 1970, cumulative nuclear power production has exceeded 28 petawatt hours – about 7 times the average annual electricity production from all resources spread across the country. In 2020, power generation from 94 operating reactors at only 56 power plant locations accounted for 19.7% (790 GWh) of the U.S. total electricity output – that production statistic has been holding at roughly the same level for more than 20 years. In 2020, for the first time ever, nuclear generated more electricity than coal, moving into second place behind only natural gas as the nation’s most prolific generation resource. That is expected to be short-lived this year, but as more and more coal-fueled power plants are retired over the next several years, nuclear will likely regain that position.