South Africa can’t afford new nuclear infrastructure with state funds in these times of budget shortfalls and ballooning debt.
South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity reflects a global trend away from nuclear energy. But the government's actions suggest otherwise.
The costs of renewable energy, including solar photovoltaics, is declining rapidly.
Investing billions in refurbishing nuclear generating stations doesn't make economic sense as the cost of renewables fall dramatically.
Unpacking what South Africa's new energy plan says about nuclear energy.
In Saint-Laurent-Nouan, in the Loir-et-Cher region, one of 19 French power plants.
Nuclear energy generates 75% of France's electricity, and ongoing troubles at the new Flamanville EPR reactor have raised crucial questions about its future in the country's electricity mix.
Inside a fusion reactor tokamak.
Nuclear fusion may power post-carbon societies – but it won't save us from climate change.
The Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Station in Finland, at the site of the Onkalo geological disposal facility.
Nuclear waste is dangerous, will outlast our civilisation and needs to be dealt with as safely as possible.
The Opal nuclear research reactor at Lucas Heights in Sydney. It does not produce nuclear energy but is used to produce medical radioisotopes and for other purposes.
The state of Australia's energy and climate change policy is reason to despair. But there may be a nuclear solution that keeps both sides happy.
Public support may be shifting in favour of nuclear energy in Australia, but there remains significant opposition to nuclear weapons.
Developing nuclear weapons requires technological and industrial capabilities that Australia simply does not have at the moment. The political will may be lacking, too.
Many Virginians back the decades-old moratorium.
AP Photo/Steve Helber
The 6-3 ruling challenges some common political assumptions about conservatives and liberals.
A ferris wheel in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine.
The HBO series 'Chernobyl' has reignited interest among tourists to visit Pripyat, but growing up in the disaster's shadow has made us wary.
The Supreme Court is likely to rule on the case by June.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Distrusting large federal bureaucracies isn't reserved for conservatives anymore.
Wind turbines used to generate electricity on a wind farm in South Africa.
South Africa's sunshine and coastlines are ideal for renewable energy generation but the country's struggling to take advantage of this.
South Africa is the only African country that has nuclear power as seen at Cape Town’s Koeberg plant.
Nuclear energy should be a possibility for African countries.
Florida’s Turkey Point Nuclear Plant shut down 12 hours before Hurricane Andrew made landfall in 1992.
AP Photo/Phil Sandlin
Lessons learned from Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and the Fukushima disaster in 2011 have changed how utilities brace for big storms.
Analysts hope that South Africa’s new energy plan will have wind and solar plans.
South Africa's new energy plan is set to be announced.
NuScale Power aims to build the nation’s first advanced small modular reactor.
U.S. Department of Energy
Advanced small modular reactors, known as SMRs, will probably have many advantages over older technology. But it's not yet known how they will stack up against other sources of electricity.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Russian President Vladimir Putin. Egypt seems likely to be the next African country with nuclear energy.
Are there cheaper alternatives to nuclear power to alleviate energy shortages in Africa?
An International Atomic Energy Agency inspector at Iran’s Natanz facility, 2014.
AP Photo/IRNA, Kazem Ghane
Who do you call when there's a nuclear crisis? The International Atomic Energy Agency, unless the crisis involves North Korea -- then things get complicated.
Workers at Fukushima in January 2018.
On March 11, 2011, a nuclear disaster struck Japan. Translated testimony by the power plant's manager reveals how close the world came to a greater catastrophe -- and how much there is to be learned.
Warning sign at Kerr-McGee uranium mill site near Grants, N.M., December 20, 2007.
AP photo/Susan Montoya Bryan
The Trump administration's push for 'energy dominance' could spur a new wave of domestic uranium production. A scholar describes the damage done in past uranium booms and the visible scars that remain.