Over the last 10 years the installed capacity of US wind and solar has grown at an annual average rate of 28 percent. The comparable figure for nuclear was 0.06 percent.

With such a rapid renewable energy growth rate, it was only a matter of time before wind and solar caught up with nuclear - and 2015 was the time.

 

Source: American Wind Energy Association, GTM Research/Solar Energy Industries Association, US Energy Information Administration

 

The picture is similar at the global level where wind and solar growth rates have been similar (27 percent) but have taken place against a lower relative installed nuclear base. 

2015 was notable because wind energy alone surpassed total global nuclear capacity. 

 

Source: Nuclear - IAEA/PRIS (Power Reactor Information Series: Wind - Global Wind Energy Council; Solar: Solar Energy Industries Association

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