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Nuclear Energy After Chernobyl: Views from Four Countries

Abstract:
At the end of 1986, 397 nuclear power plants with a total of 274 GW were in operation worldwide. Their electricity generation was equivalent to burning 500 million tons of coal or 7 million barrels per day of oil, roughly 40 percent of the OPEC output. When the 134GW under construction are finished, uranium-based electricity will substitute some 850 million tons of coal equivalent (mtce) per year. Nuclear power is now the largest primary energy source for electricity generation in the twelve countries of the European Community.

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Energy Specializations: Nuclear Power – Policy and Regulation

JEL Codes:
E60 - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook: General

Keywords: Electricity generation, Nuclear power, Europe, uranium, coal

DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol9-No1-3


Published in Volume 9, Number 1 of The Quarterly Journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.