A major shift throughout the world of those countries utilizing renewables was the Fukashima tsunami. That one even really changed for many nations their paths to get off of fossil fuels. Laden with taxing/penalty structures per power generation that came largely from EU and Asian nations which were working to reduce carbon emissions, nations such as German and especially France had invested a good share of their power generation to nuclear fission. When the earthquake and resulting tsunami hit, however, the aftermath took not only Japan (which was almost entirely dependent on dozens and dozens of nuclear plants) down the road of buying LNG and investigating biomass, but it certainly propelled Germany further into its solar investments and France into finding different fuels.
The new generation of interest with nuclear tends to be veering towards SMR Small Modular Reactors. These units do not depend upon the massive cooling systems and steam units that are a part of normal reactors. And they may only provide single digit megawatts. Yet they are safer in a sense as far as shutdown if need be and easy to run site studies on due to a very small footprint, comparatively. They in fact are called ‘suitcase reactors’ by the public. Look them up- SMRs. Possibly it could be a workable technology for smaller communities.