EU nuclear power output up in 1999

Foratom claims rise highlights "major contribution" of nuclear to cleaner energy

Nuclear power plants continued to make a "major contribution" to EU energy supply in 1999 despite ongoing nuclear phase-out debates within member states, European nuclear industry association Foratom said on Friday. Combined with changes in total electricity demand in the eight EU countries with nuclear power stations, the figures mean that 43.6% of electricity in these countries was nuclear generated in 1999, up from 41.9% in 1998.

Based on International Atomic Energy Agency statistics, Foratom reports that EU nuclear plants generated 825 terawatt-hours (TWh) in 1999, up from 800 TWh in 1998. Output increased Finland, Germany and Belgium, remained roughly level in France, the UK and Sweden, and fell in Spain and the Netherlands (see table below).

"The figures highlight the major contribution nuclear plants make towards achieving the EU's economic and energy supply objectives, without emitting any greenhouse or acid rain gases," Foratom said. Across the EU, nuclear contributes about 35% of electricity demand.

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