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QUESTION FROM SENATOR WALLOP

ELECTRICITY SUPPLY

Question 1. The Department of Energy estimates that a combination of increases in demand and retirement of existing electric generation capacity will require an additional 200,000 megawatts of capacity by the year 2010.

a.

Would you agree with Mr. Wolfe's statement that until
recently there has been considerable excess electrical
capacity in this country but this era is coming to an end?

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to need new capacity by the mid or late 1990's.

The era of excess capacity is coming to an end,

but there is substantial variance from region to

region.

b.

Faced with today's environmental laws such as the Clean Air
Act, in your judgement, can this requirement for new
generation capacity be satisfied without a greater role for
nuclear power than is possible under present circumstances?

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technologies that emit low levels of sulfur

dioxide and nitrous oxides could meet our Nation's

future electricity requirements and satisfy the

requirements of the Clean Air Act.

However, without nuclear power as an option, we

would lose one of our cleanest generation

technologies and one which presently provides
about 20 percent of our electricity. Further,

growing concerns about global climate change may
make it particularly important for us to rely more

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C.

In your judgement, can the third world meet its anticipated requirements for electricity without a large expansion of nuclear power?

Answer:

The third world can and is expected to meet its
anticipated requirements for electricity without a
large expansion of nuclear power. Nuclear power

currently provides only 1.5 percent of the third

world's energy.

The Department of Energy's

forecasts show that nuclear power's share is
expected to increase to only about 2.5 percent by

2010.

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