Around 167.4 billion kilowatt hours (bn. kWh) of electricity were generated in the 17 operational German nuclear power plants in 2006. This was a clear improvement over the previous year`s productivity (2005: 163.0 bn. kWh). The national champion in electricity generation with an annual production of 12.4 bn. kWh was the German nuclear power plant Isar 2 which has an output of 1,475 megawatts (MWe).
Electricity from nuclear power is available practically round the clock and is thus a cornerstone that ensures uninterrupted supplies in Germany. The average time availability of German nuclear power plants last year was over 91 percent, another clear increase over last year`s figure (2005: 88.8 percent). CO2-free electricity generation from nuclear power once again helped consolidate Germany`s position as a top location for business and energy in 2006 and consequently safeguarded the future of our country.
These figures speak a clear language for the German Atomic Forum e. V. The benefits of nuclear power in a balanced energy mix are obvious: Reliable supplies, competitive strength, environmental compatibility.