Nuclear Politics

OECD Figure Show Slight Decrease For Nuclear Share Of Net Electricity Production

By David Dalton
21 April 2017

21 Apr (NucNet): Net electricity production in the 35 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries grew by 0.9% in 2016 compared to 2015 with nuclear’s share falling by 0.1% to 18.1% figures released by the International Energy Agency show. Total OECD cumulative production of nuclear electricity in 2016 was 1,873.6 TWh, a decrease of 2.7 TWh. Europe was the only region which decreased its nuclear production, by 19.6 TWh, or 2.4%, to 790 TWh led by the continued phaseout of nuclear electricity in Germany as well as decreases in the Czech Republic and France caused by extended outages. There were also operational outages in Slovenia and Switzerland. There was a large increase of 9.5% in renewable generation and a smaller, but still significant, increase of 2.2% for hydro. Combustible fuels fell by 0.2% and 0.1%. Non-combustible renewables accounted for 22.4% of all generation compared to 21.6% in 2015.

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