New Nuclear Programs Differ in Scale, Motivation and Political Will

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Nuclear energy has regained traction with energy planners globally, but intentions vary. A handful of governments — including France, the UK and Eastern European countries eager to swap out coal for nuclear — are increasingly convinced that nuclear energy is a near-panacea for the decarbonization of the power sector. Other governments — ranging from pro-nuclear powerhouses such as Canada, China, Russia and the US to smaller nuclear countries such as Brazil, Sweden and Pakistan — approach new nuclear as one of several pillars in the energy transition. While the true-believer governments are eager to deploy nuclear for baseload power, governments committed to energy diversification generally push new reactors as a replacement for retiring nuclear, or as a means of decarbonizing sectors such as heat, industry or transport.

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