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Nuke Flop
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CAN generation from non-conventional energy sources like nuclear, wind, and industrial cogeneration from waste like bagasse at sugar mills provide succour to power-starved India? Unlikely, going by past experience.

Wind energy potential in India stands at 20,000 MW, but barely a fraction of this has been tapped. Though the first windfarms were installed in 1986 in coastal Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Orissa, by the end of March 1994, only 114 MW of grid-connected windfarms were operational, of which 74 MW had been installed by the private sector.

Cogeneration is the simultaneous production of power, either electrical or mechanical, and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source. For instance, about 30 per cent of the electricity used in the pulp and paper industry is cogenerated from the steam produced in paper mills. TERI estimates that cogeneration capacity could increase to 9,427 MW by 2001. But the State Electricity Boards have no regulations for cogeneration. Only three of the SEBs have taken steps in this direction, mainly for bagasse-based...

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