Nuclear power capacity continues to grow worldwide, as larger reactors are added to the grid while smaller units are retired. Furthermore, uprates to some existing reactors have also added to the world’s nuclear power capacity. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports the total net installed capacity is about 393 GW today. Nuclear reactor additions and subtractions to the power grid in 2020 mirrored the trend from the past 20 years. According to data from the World Nuclear Association, from 1999 through 2019, 99 reactors began operation while 99 reactors were retired, which equates to roughly five units entering and leaving service each year. 2020 saw exactly that.
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