The current economic situation and energy requirements are examined, the inability of electricity (from coal) to meet future demand is pointed out, and a case is made for nuclear power as an alternative source of energy. A relationship is drawn between the GNP and energy requirements, and studies are quoted which show that by 1980 about 3 trillion kilowatt hours will be required of which 40 percent will be supplied by coal, 28 percent by oil and 14 percent by nuclear power. Studies also show that by 1990, a reasonable mix for energy capacity would be: 475,000 MW of electricity produced by nuclear power plants, 360,000 MW by coal, and about 60,000 MW by oil and natural gas. This would save 4.3 billion barrels of oil per year and between 20 and 40 billion dollars. Today, nuclear power produces 9 percent of our total electrical energy requirements. Present schedules for nuclear production must be speeded up if nuclear capabilities are to be increased. The observation is made that issues, such as those related to safety, must be faced and resolved in the public arena, and the need is indicated for a comprehensive energy plan to expand nuclear capabilities.

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    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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  • Authors:
    • Neukranz, D W
  • Publication Date: 1976-3

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  • Accession Number: 00133956
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1976 12:00AM