After Fukushima, many states shelved plans to build new reactors or phase out existing ones. India, Russia, and the United Kingdom are three important exceptions. Russia and India both have multiple units under construction and ambitious long-term plans for more. However, further reactor exports to India (including from Russia) appear to have foundered on India’s new liability law. Meanwhile, the UK government may be pro-nuclear and the United Kingdom may have been a nuclear energy pioneer, but new reactors remain in doubt because of financing. Why have these three states remained pro-nuclear? Will they be able to implement their plans? Will the United Kingdom offer explicit subsidies to get projects started? Will Russia and India reduce subsidies over time? And, how will public opinion, the cheap price of natural gas, liability issues, and continued challenges of waste management affect nuclear energy policy?
Oliver Morton, Mark Hibbs, Gürkan Kumbaroğlu, and M.V. Ramana discuss the future of nuclear energy in the aftermath of Fukushima. Share your comments and questions below.