Nuclear & Uranium

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Energy In Brief Articles

What is the status of the U.S. nuclear industry?

There are currently 104 operable commercial nuclear reactors at 65 nuclear power plants. Since 1990, the share of the nation's total electricity supply provided by nuclear power generation has averaged about 20%, with increases in nuclear generation that have roughly tracked the growth in total electricity output

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Nuclear Power Explained

Use of nuclear power

In 2011, U.S. nuclear plants generated 790 billion kilowatthours from 104 commercial nuclear generating units. Nuclear power provided slightly more than 19% of electricity and about 8% of all energy consumed in the United States.

Nuclear power and the environment

The main environmental concerns for nuclear power are radioactive wastes such as uranium mill tailings, spent (used) reactor fuel, and other radioactive wastes. These materials can remain radioactive and dangerous to human health for thousands of years.

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Features

Image power lines and a grassy fieldElectric Power Monthly, Table 1.12.B

Released June 23, 2014

Includes data for net generation from nuclear energy by state and sector.


image of barrel of yellow cake2013 Uranium Marketing Annual Report

Released May 12, 2014

Statistical data update for 2013 on uranium marketing activities in the United States.


Annual Energy Outlook 2014 cover Annual Energy Outlook 2014

Released May 7, 2014 | Next Early Release: December 2014

Projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) Reference case focus on the factors that shape U.S. energy markets through 2040