Nuclear power plants: permanent shutdowns 2005-2018

Global number of permanent nuclear reactor shutdowns as of August 8, 2018

Nuclear power plants: permanent shutdowns 2005-2018 This statistic represents the global number of permanent nuclear reactor shutdowns between 2005 and August 8, 2018. Following the nuclear accident in Japan in March 2011, four reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were shut down permanently. In total, there were 13 permanent shutdowns that year.
Reaction to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Globally, nuclear power plants have a capacity totaling over 391.7 gigawatts as of 2017. In 2017, there were five permanent nuclear reactor shutdowns that occurred around the world. Many of these shutdowns were in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster which occurred when an earthquake and a tsunami struck the region on March 11, 2011, causing equipment failure and three nuclear meltdowns. This was the second event after the Chernobyl disaster that was classified as a Level 7 event by the International Nuclear Event Scale, which communicates important safety information of nuclear accidents. The disaster prompted much of the public to lose confidence in nuclear energy and question its safety. Afterwards, many countries accelerated their plans for nuclear power plant shutdowns. As of 2017, Germany, for example, accounted for about 2.9 percent of the world’s nuclear energy consumption after power plant shutdowns had been initiated. In Italy, a national referendum was held and almost 95 percent of people voted against plans to build new nuclear power plants. In the United States, some 65 percent of people favor the use of nuclear energy. In other countries like Germany, 77 percent of critics were already decidedly against nuclear energy prior to the events in Japan. In Japan, there were 42 operational nuclear reactors as of June 2018.
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Global number of permanent nuclear reactor shutdowns as of August 8, 2018

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Number of shutdowns
20180
20175
20164
20157
20141
20136
20123
201113
20101
20093
20082
20071
20068
20052
Number of shutdowns
20180
20175
20164
20157
20141
20136
20123
201113
20101
20093
20082
20071
20068
20052
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This statistic represents the global number of permanent nuclear reactor shutdowns between 2005 and August 8, 2018. Following the nuclear accident in Japan in March 2011, four reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were shut down permanently. In total, there were 13 permanent shutdowns that year.
Reaction to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Globally, nuclear power plants have a capacity totaling over 391.7 gigawatts as of 2017. In 2017, there were five permanent nuclear reactor shutdowns that occurred around the world. Many of these shutdowns were in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster which occurred when an earthquake and a tsunami struck the region on March 11, 2011, causing equipment failure and three nuclear meltdowns. This was the second event after the Chernobyl disaster that was classified as a Level 7 event by the International Nuclear Event Scale, which communicates important safety information of nuclear accidents. The disaster prompted much of the public to lose confidence in nuclear energy and question its safety. Afterwards, many countries accelerated their plans for nuclear power plant shutdowns. As of 2017, Germany, for example, accounted for about 2.9 percent of the world’s nuclear energy consumption after power plant shutdowns had been initiated. In Italy, a national referendum was held and almost 95 percent of people voted against plans to build new nuclear power plants. In the United States, some 65 percent of people favor the use of nuclear energy. In other countries like Germany, 77 percent of critics were already decidedly against nuclear energy prior to the events in Japan. In Japan, there were 42 operational nuclear reactors as of June 2018.
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