Advisor's Note

Advisor's Note

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R B Grover

The demand for electricity will continue to increase in the world. The percentage of electricity in the Total Final Consumption (TFC) of energy is increasing due to the convenience of end-use, and minimum environmental implication at the point of use. Therefore, an increase in electricity demand anywhere is due to two reasons: an increase in energy demand, and an overall increase in the share of electricity in the TFC. The imperative of climate change tells us to meet this demand from low carbon sources and hydro, nuclear, solar, and wind are the principal low-carbon sources. India has a rising aspirational middle class, is rapidly urbanising, and is going through an intense infrastructure-building phase. However, India is not rich in energy resources, and hydro, solar, and wind cannot meet its growing electricity requirements due to their low potential as compared to demand. It is necessary for India to ramp up generation from nuclear as soon as possible so as to provide much-needed electricity in a reliable manner. Prof. R B Grover Member, Atomic Energy Commission & Emeritus Professor, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, India