Atoms for Peace
While the United States developed the technologies needed to produce commercial nuclear power in the 1950s, we lost our leadership role in the field at the end of the 20th century when the country stopped building new reactors and our domestic industry contracted. Meanwhile the rest of the world continued to develop and build nuclear capacity to meet a growing demand for electricity.
New U.S. Reactors
Today attitudes in America have changed. Several of the nation’s utilities are building new reactors and others are considering building additional units. Those utilities need reliable suppliers of reactor technologies, components and fuel. To meet this demand, USEC and other American companies are working to rebuild the nation’s nuclear power infrastructure, which will serve as a springboard to return the United States to a prominent role in the worldwide nuclear power industry.
2030: Doubling Capacity
The World Nuclear Association predicts that the world’s nuclear capacity in 2030 could range from 602 to 1,339 gigawatts, which would be a substantial increase from today’s capacity of 372 gigawatts from 435 reactors. In the United States, nuclear generating capacity is predicted to grow to a range of 120 to 180 gigawatts, potentially doubling our current capacity of 98.5 gigawatts from 100 reactors.