Directions(1 to 10):As the country embarks on planning (1) the 12th
Plan (2012-17) period, a key question mark (2) hangs
over the process is on the energy requirements.
Growth is energy-hungry and the aspirations of
growing at 9-10% will (3)huge demands on the energy
resources of the country. In this energy jigsaw,
renewable energy will (4)like never before in the 12th
Plan and the (5).
By the rule of the thumb, India will (6) about 100
gigawatts (Gw)-100,000 megawatts of capacity addition
in the next five years. Encouraging trends on energy
efficiency and sustained (7) by some parts of the
government—the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, in particular, needs to be complimented for this–have
l ed to substanti al l y l esser energy i ntensi ty of
economic growth. However, even the tempered demand
numbers are (8) to be below 80Gw. As against this
need, the coal supply from domestic sources is unlikely
to support more than 25 Gw equivalent capacity.
Imported coal can add some more, but at a much (9)
cost. Gas-based electricity generation is unlikely to
contri bute anything substantial i n vi ew of the
unprecedented gas supply challenges. Nuclear will be
(10) in the foreseeable future.