The German nuclear power plants achieved record results in power generation in 1999. They delivered a total of 169.7 billion kWh (kilowatt hours) compared to 161.7 in 1998. Thus, the best annual result of 1997 totalling 170.4 billion kWh was almost achieved following the standstill periods for political reasons in 1998. The sales volumen of electricity generated in nuclear power plants shows a clear increase, even in face of the fierce price competition established meanwhile. This development proves that the electricity generated from nuclear power is viable in the future in particular under cost aspects.
Since 1988, nuclear power has been meeting a third or more of Germany`s power requirements, and about 10 percent of Germany`s total energy needs. This can be seen from the nuclear energy results for 1999 published in Berlin today.
Nuclear energy enabled the emission of about 170 million tons of carbon dioxide to be avoided in 1999. This corresponds to the total quantity of annual emissions from road traffic in Germany. From the time when nuclear energy started to be used in Germany, in 1961, up to now, a total of 2.8 trillion (or to be precise: 2831 billion) kWh of electricity have been generated from uranium and plutonium, and that has saved the atmosphere from having to absorb about 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide.
In the opinion to the German Atom Forum, these figures show that atomic power still represents an indispensable and environmentally friendly contribution to power supply in Germany and that this must continue.
According to the annual figures submitted by the German Atom Forum, nuclear power plants once again operated safely and reliably last year. No accident occurred which could have jeopardized people or environment. In particular the change of date between 1999/2000 which a large number of critics considered problematic proved the trouble-free, safe and reliable operation of German nuclear power plants. The reactors were available for power generation for an average of 7,980 hours (out of 8.760 in the whole year), which means 91 percent availability. Taking into account the time inevitably needed for replacing the fuel elements and for servicing and maintenance, the plants were out of action for non-scheduled reasons for hardly 3.2 percent of total time - an outstandingly good figure in world-wide comparisons.
1999 Operating Results of Nuclear Power Plants
Deutsches Atomforum E.V.