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France accounts for half of the EU production of nuclear power

08/02/2017

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Logo Statistics ExplainedIn 2015, there were nuclear reactors in operation in 14 EU Member States. They generated more than 26 % of the electricity produced in the EU. In 2015, the largest producer of nuclear power in the EU was France with a 51 % share of the EU total, followed by Germany (11 %), the United Kingdom (8 %), Spain and Sweden (both 7 %). These five Member States account for more than 83 % of the total amount of electricity generated in nuclear facilities in the EU.

From 1990 to 2004, the total amount of electricity produced in nuclear facilities in the EU increased by 27 %, reaching a peak in 2004. Then between 2004 and 2015, the total production of nuclear power in the EU decreased by 15 %, with the largest decreases in Belgium and Germany (both -45 %) and the highest increases in Romania (+110 %) and Hungary (+33 %). Lithuania ceased its nuclear activities in 2009.

Further information is provided in the Statistics Explained article on Nuclear energy statistics