Nuclear power generated a record amount of power in 2010, when it produced 806.9 billion kilowatt-hours, just slightly more than in 2007 or 2008. But the nuclear industry produced less electricity in 2011 and will have another decline in 2012, when it is likely to generate about 778 billion kilowatt-hours.
The total drop in nuclear generation will be about 29 billion kilowatt-hours or 3% off the peak 2010 production. The decrease in nuclear generation is equal to enough power for 2.9 million American homes and is about 6 times the solar power production recorded by EIA. EIA solar data, however, does not include large amounts of solar generation that is not utility scale.
After adjusting the EIA solar data to include distributed solar generation, the 29 billion kilowatt-hour decrease in nuclear generation would be about 3 times the total solar generation in the USA. That fact both expresses the large amount of power generated by nuclear and still the small but growing rapidly solar production.
Given that nuclear power has seen production declines in 2011 and 2012, it will be worth watching to see if 2013 continues or reverses that trend.