France's reliance on nuclear power 77% and rising
Europe has seen widespread closers of nuclear reactors, but that won't stop the French, whose reliance on nuclear power shows no signs of stopping, according to research from GlobalData.
France's nuclear reliance and planned growth is odds with the general consensus in Europe that nuclear power production is unsafe and should be phased out where possible. Europe will see the closure of approximately 150 power plants by 2030 -- nearly 69 percent of nuclear plants globally, according to GlobalData. Germany and Belgium hope to completely end production by 2030.
Currently, nuclear reactors contribute 77 percent of the power produced in France. France's nuclear installed capacity is set to increase from an already substantial 63,130 MW in 2011 to 66,430 MW in 2018, due to the opening of two new plants over the next six years, the research says.