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    Nuclear power vs. coal power

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    Since the late 1970s, utilities in selected countries such as the US have generally not added nuclear power generation capabilities to their generation mix. However, over the past decade, utilities have begun to recognize the benefits that nuclear power generation offers—despite the obvious risks. Orders for nuclear power plants at manufacturing firms such as Westinghouse Nuclear and Areva are now at an all-time high. Coal-generation electricity sources have largely been the choice of most utilities since the nuclear power debacle of the 1970s.
    Perform a critical assessment for, and adoption or rejection of, nuclear power or coal-fired power generation as part of your power generation options. List the pros and the cons of each. Weigh these pros and cons. Make a choice as to which of these two options should be added to a utility system based on a consideration of these factors (including environmental) and defend that choice.
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    Nuclear power plants are costly to set up as they require high infrastructure investments as compared to coal fired power plants. It takes much longer time and investment to build a nuclear plant. The safety measures required to build a nuclear plant is much higher as compared to coal-fired plant as there is high risk of radiation incidents in the case of such nuclear powered plants. Further, another major challenge of operating nuclear powered plants is the challenge related to secure disposal of solid radioactive waste.

    However, if we compare the operating cost of nuclear power plants with coal-fired power plants, they can be operated at one third of the cost of running a ...

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    This solution compares nuclear power with coal power.