Unearthing Opportunity: Uranium Miners and the Global Clean Energy Transition
A closer look at the trends that are driving uranium markets and uranium miners, and explains our positive outlook for growth.
Global Energy is at an Inflection Point
Climate change is driving the urgent need for carbon-free electricity. Energy infrastructure and commodity markets are coming into high focus. A new wave of technological changes geared towards higher energy efficiency is underway. We believe that nuclear energy and uranium miners are poised to benefit from this shift.
The case for uranium mining equities comes down to three converging factors.
- First, the clean energy movement will have to embrace more nuclear power.
- Second, uranium supply is not sufficient to meet the future demand.
- Third, uranium miners represent a tiny share of the energy market today but are poised to claim an increasing share going forward.
Nuclear power has a complicated political history. Yet, it represents a unique mix of attributes that renewables can’t match at scale. Countries and states will need to embrace these attributes to make significant progress towards future decarbonization goals.
The Three Trends Driving Uranium Miners
- New nuclear reactors are under construction or planned globally.
- Uranium mining supply shortfall is expected to rise relative to growing
- As nuclear power gains a greater share of global electricity generation (currently 10%),1 uranium miners are poised to follow.
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