India on the Nuclear Edge

India is the fifth-largest producer of energy in the world at 167,000 megawatts. But its large population means that per capita consumption is exceedingly low, just 50 watts, compared with 226 watts in Brazil and 1,460 watts in the U.S. In addition, power outages and brownouts are a daily drag on India’s economy. Virtually every successful business must depend on auxiliary electrical power in the form of battery backup, diesel generators, and more. To fill this gap, and to facilitate its goal of bringing hundreds of millions of its people out of poverty, India is seeking to deploy every form of electrical generation that it can access, including nuclear power.

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