Shelve nuclear power, go for cleaner alternatives

Nuclear waste

A protest in Japan against nuclear waste.

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What you need to know:

  • Globally, levelised costs of nuclear power have increased by 23 per cent.
  • In comparison, utility-scale solar and wind have fallen 88 per cent and 69 per cent, respectively. 

In October 2020, the Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA) yet again delayed nuclear development plans, deferring a 1,000 megawatt commercial plant to 2036 over “logistical hurdles”. But the postponement now looks like a pattern, the agency having first pushed its 2022 plans to 2025 and then 2027. Originally aiming to produce 4,200 MW by 2022, the delay is blamed on lengthy compliance procedures, preparation of legal and regulatory frameworks and capacity building, among others.

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