U.S. Overview

  • EP finds that the U.S. is at moderate to very high risk of losing 71.5 GW of nuclear energy between today and 2030, and is likely or very likely to add 2 GW of new nuclear by 2030.

  • The U.S. generated 806 terawatt-hours (TWh, net) of nuclear electricity in 2017, nearing the historic peak of 807 TWh of nuclear generation in 2010, and a 4.5 percent change from the recent historic low of 770 TWh in 2012.

  • Nuclear comprised 20.0 percent of U.S. electricity in 2017, which is slightly below its historical peak share of 20.1 percent in 2001, but up from 19.0 percent in 2012.

  • The share of U.S. electricity coming from clean energy sources rose from 26.6 percent in 2008 to a peak of 36.2  percent in 2017.

  • An 8.3 percent share of U.S. electricity came from solar and wind in 2017, which constitutes 22.8 percent of total electricity from clean energy sources.

 
 

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