In 2003, the 19 operating German nuclear power plants generated a total of 165.1 billion kilowatt hours of electricity. This exceeded the productivity level of the previous year (2002: 164.8bn kWh). The 1,475 MW reactor of Isar 2 was top electricity producer for the fifth year running, having generated 12.3bn kWh. This is about two thirds of the amount of electricity produced by all 15,000 German wind turbines last year.
Thus in 2003 nuclear power contributed once again considerably to securing the electricity supply in Germany in a way that was profitable and without emitting carbon dioxide, which is harmful to the climate. This became particularly obvious during the exceptional heat wave last summer. In August 2003, the German reactors produced around ten percent more electricity than during the same period of the previous year. Compared with 2002, the plants` availability was also increased. On average, the nuclear power plants were available 7,679 hours - of an annual total of 8,760 hours - for electricity production last year. This is 87.7 percent of the total time (2002: 86 percent). The majority of the reactors even had an availability factor of sometimes clearly above 90 percent.
For the German Atomic Forum, these figures clearly demonstrate the advantages of nuclear power: profitability, supply safety and environmental compatibility. Against this background it is therefore important for our energy supply that electricity generation from nuclear power remain a strong pillar in Germany`s energy mix for many years to come.