New Nuclear Drivers, Familiar Hurdles

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  • In 2020 nuclear remained the second-largest single source of low-carbon power globally, after hydropower.
  • But it barely grew, adding a net of 0.4 gigawatts of capacity last year against non-hydro renewables' 256 GW — reflecting in part its political divisiveness.
  • High capital costs also mean nuclear power requires government support, which Beijing and Moscow are providing but Western governments are still debating.

The Issue

Nuclear Policy, Policy and Regulation, Nuclear Newbuilds, Low-Carbon Policy
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