Nuclear Power Holding Steady In Britain

On the heels of a $263 million Nuclear Sector Deal between the industry and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the British government said that nuclear power in Britain ticked slightly lower in 2017 from 2016, dropping from 21.1 percent of the country's electricity generation to 20.8 percent.

Wylfa NewyddThe data confirms the nuclear power industry as the largest low-carbon source of electricity, which includes 14.8 percent of its electricity wind-generated, while 3.4 percent comes from solar panels and 2.3 percent from hydro power.

Combined, low carbon power sources created 50.1 percent of the UK's domestic electricity production, an increase from 45.6 percent in 2016. Output from nuclear power plants, meanwhile, slipped slightly from 71.7 TWh to 70.3 TWh, a decline of 1.9 percent.

On July 27, he department announced a deal that is aimed at securing a diversified energy mix while driving down the cost of nuclear energy. The deal includes a $42 million contribution from the government and industry “to kick start new advanced manufacturing program, including R&D investment to develop potential world-leading nuclear technologies like advanced modular reactors,” the government said.

The initiative has also targeted an increase of gender diversity in the industry, aiming for a target of 40 percent of the sector made up with women by 2030.

The deal follows the government’s recent announcement that it is to enter into negotiations with Hitachi over the Wylfa Newydd project. “The deal will spearhead Britain’s move towards cleaner economic growth, while promoting new opportunities in the sector including a focus on innovation to develop the technology and skills needed to maintain the UK’s position as one of the world’s leading nuclear countries,” the department said in a release.

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