IAEA: Nuke energy could increase 100% in 2 decades

By REUTERS
March 16, 2012 13:15

VIENNA - Global use of nuclear energy could increase by as much as 100 percent in the next two decades on the back of growth in Asia, despite a slump in the construction of new reactors after the Fukushima disaster, a UN report says.

The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has not yet been made public but has been seen by Reuters, said a somewhat slower capacity expansion than previously forecast is likely after the world's worst nuclear accident in a quarter of a century.

But, it said: "Significant growth in the use of nuclear energy worldwide is still anticipated - between 35 percent and 100 percent by 2030 - although the Agency projections for 2030 are 7-8 percent lower than projections made in 2010."


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