Why do we need nuclear plants for electricity generation?


Why do we need nuclear plants for electricity generation?

When the Minister of State (Independent Charge) Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha informed on November 21, 2019 that the electrical energy requirement of the country for year 2018-19 is 1274595 MUs whereas projected energy requirement for year 2021-22 is 1566023 MUs, he made a pertinent observation that country urgently needs nuclear power plants for electricity generation.

India’s potential for hydro power is 150,000 MW at 35 per cent load factor that means around 460 billion units per year. It is unevenly distributed across months. The generation from run-of-the river plants during the lean month may be as low as 10 per cent of generation during the peak month.

If the country is to grow at seven or eight per cent till 2050 and even where energy efficiency is pushed, we will need around 8,000 billion kilowatt hours. If we were to push electrical vehicles it could be as much as 12,000 bkWh. Read More

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