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INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Power Does A Nuclear Reactor Produce?

February 6, 2018

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Did you know that 20% of America’s electricity comes from nuclear power?

That’s an incredible stat given the fact that there are just 99 nuclear reactors operating in the United States.

That’s right, 60 nuclear power plants, located in 30 states, are fueling the future with reliable electricity that we can use every day—and all the time.

Graphic: Fast Fact with a map of the United States and 30 states highlighted that are powered in part by nuclear energy.
Graphic by Sarah Harman | U.S. Department of Energy

They also provide more clean energy to the grid than any other energy source, accounting for about 60% of the country’s clean energy electricity production.

But this incredible technology isn’t new.

Nuclear energy has been powering the U.S. grid for the past 6 decades and produces around 1 gigawatt of power per plant on average.

Just how much power is that exactly?

It’s kind of a lot, as you can tell from the infographic above.

Dig into other energy-related comparisons with this interactive calculator involving burritos and dynamite!

 

*Graphics by Sarah Harman | U.S. Department of Energy