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[cdn-nucl-l] EFN - Clean nuclear energy setting new high performance records in the USA (fwd)
Some good news from States.
Dear friends of clean nuclear energy,
According to a report from the Nuclear Energy Institute, U.S. nuclear
power plants continued their record-setting pace through the first seven
months of 1999.
Nuclear generation of environmentally-friendly and clean electricity
increased 9.3 percent through July over the same period in 1998.
US nuclear power plants produced 347.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity
between January and June 1999, compared with 317.3 billion kWh for the
same period in 1998.
Electric utility generation from coal through July 1999 was down 1.4
percent from last year; generation from oil, down 1.7 percent; from gas,
up 1.8 percent; from hydro, down 5.4 percent; and other sources such as
renewables, wood waste, etc., down 29.1 percent.
In addition, through July, the average capacity factor for U.S. nuclear
power plants was 85.2 percent, up from 77.5 percent for the period last
If the trend continues, nuclear energy will account for more than 22
percent of all-US utility-generated electricity this year.
This is better news than last year, but is still quite insufficient if
the US want to respect the Kyoto agreements and reduce their CO2 emissions
level in 2008-2012 compared to the baseline level of 1990.
1/ Electric Power Monthly, september 1999
2/ Insight99, "Nuclear Energy Output Soars", october 1999
With best regards,
President of EFN