Asia is the main region in the world where electricity generating capacity and specifically nuclear power is growing significantly. The greatest growth in nuclear generation is expected in China, South Korea and India.
California has a large and growing population and a flourishing economy, with a major high-technology sector. Electricity demand has been rising steadily for many years. In 2000-01 there was an acute electricity supply crisis, triggered by several factors.
Many countries are actively considering embarking upon nuclear power programs. Nuclear power is under serious consideration in over 30 countries. The front runners are UAE, Turkey, Vietnam, Belarus and Poland.
The EU depends on nuclear power for more than one-quarter of its electricity, and a higher proportion of base-load power. Nuclear provides over half the low-carbon electricity. Very different energy policies pertain across the continent and even within the EU.
Taiwan has six nuclear power reactors operating and two advanced reactors are under construction. On Taiwan imports account for 95% of the energy, and are vital to the rapidly industrialising economy.
The continent of Africa has considerable mineral deposits, including uranium. Exploration and mine development is proceeding in countries which have not hitherto supplied uranium.
Central Asia has considerable mineral deposits, including uranium. Exploration and mine development is proceeding in countries which have not hitherto supplied uranium, and also where mining has been suspended for some years.