Nuclear - Did You Know

  • In December 1951, an experimental nuclear reactor produced the first electric power from the atom, lighting four light bulbs.
  • Nuclear energy has been used since 1953 to power U.S. Navy vessels, and since 1955 to provide electricity for home use.
  • The energy in one uranium fuel pellet – about the size of the tip of your little finger – is the equivalent of 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas, 1,780 pounds of coal or 149 gallons of oil.
  • Nuclear energy is the world’s largest source of emission-free energy.
  • Nuclear energy facilities avoided 554 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2016 across the U.S. This is nearly as much carbon dioxide as is released from nearly 118 million cars, which is more than all U.S. passenger cars.(Source:  Nuclear Energy Institute)