Nukewatch Quarterly Fall 2019
On Sept. 20, when millions around the world were marching to raise awareness about the climate, a major milestone was passed in the race to replace fossil fuels with renewables. The US now has more wind power, as measured in megawatts (MW) of generating capacity, than nuclear power. From April to July 2019, the total generating capacity from the country’s 57,000 wind turbines was up to 97,960 MW, according to the American Wind Energy Association. The World Nuclear Association figures show that total generating capacity from the remaining 96 nuclear reactors in the US is now 97,722 MW. That is, 238 MW less than wind! Likewise in Britain, early in 2018, wind farms provided more electricity than the country’s eight nuclear power stations, marking the first time wind has overtaken nuclear over a fiscal quarter, the Guardian reported.
—Timmon Wallis, nuclearban.us; Sept. 20, 2019, The Guardian, May 16, 2018