Nuclear power: cumbersome and expensive

Written by Lester Brown, et. al.

A key contributor to the rising costs of nuclear power is that plants are taking longer to build.  For a number of reasons--including plant design changes, contract disputes, new safety regulations, and shortages of parts or labor--construction schedule delays are the rule, not the exception.  For the 37 nuclear reactors that came online between 2004 and mid-2014, the average construction time was 10 years.  China and India, which accounted for 20 of these 37 units, averaged 6 and 7 years respectively.  But for Russia and Ukraine, construction ties averaged 24 and 19 years respectively--nearly a human generation.  Iran's first and only reactor took 36 years to build.

Lester Brown, The Great Transition, p.54

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