Mycle Schneider

Articles by Mycle Schneider

1 November 2009
Although some countries plan to build new nuclear power plants in the near future, in aggregate the data indicates that nuclear power's influence will continue to dwindle across the globe in coming decades.
1 November 2008
Hype about the burgeoning future of nuclear power is rampant, but the facts tell a different story. The nuclear power industry is in a state of global decline–a situation that isn't going to change in the
19 September 2008

2008 world nuclear industry status report: Western Europe

Mycle Schneider

The contribution of nuclear power continues to decline in Europe. As of September, 15 of the 27 countries in the enlarged EU operated 146 reactors (about one-third of the world total), down from 177 reactors in 1989. The vast majority of these facilities (125 units) are located in eight of the western EU countries--see chart. In 2007, nuclear power produced 28 percent of the EU's commercial electricity--down from 32 percent in 2002--and 12 percent of the region's commercial primary energy.

18 September 2008

2008 world nuclear industry status report: Asia

Mycle Schneider

Six Asian countries possess nuclear power programs--China, India, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, and Taiwan. In 2007, they generated 523 terawatt hours--or 20 percent--of the world's nuclear electricity. That, however, represented a 3.5 percent drop in the continent's nuclear generation when compared to 2006. The decrease was mainly due to the shutdown of the seven-unit plant at Kashiwazaki, Japan, which was damaged by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in July 2007.

16 September 2008

2008 world nuclear industry status report: Global nuclear power

Mycle Schneider

Last Thursday, in the midst of the world media's constant nuclear revival reportage, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had an embarrassing announcement to make. While it has increased its projections for nuclear generation in 2030, nuclear's share of global electricity generation dropped another percentage point in 2007.

3 June 2008

The reality of France's aggressive nuclear power push

Mycle Schneider

"It's time to look to the French," New York Times columnist Roger Cohen wrote in January.