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China outpacing U.S. in nuclear power growth

| Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, 10:18 a.m.

The United States gets more electricity from nuclear power plants than any other country, but most of the growth in nuclear power is projected to happen in other parts of the world — particularly China and India, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The U.S. has 99 operating nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of 100 gigagwatts. Planned closures of several plants and minimal interest in opening new plants will reduce that capacity to about 88 GW by 2040, the agency predicts.

Meanwhile, China has 38 operating nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of 33 GW, including 2 GW of capacity added this year. The country has another 19 plants under construction that would add about 20 GW and account for about a third of all nuclear projects under construction worldwide.

China plans to add a total of 58 GW by 2024 and will exceed the U.S. nuclear power capacity by about 2032, the agency predicts.

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