The IEA said as part of its Global Energy Review 2020 report: “This decline would be the largest, not associated with a natural disaster and 40% as large as the 2011 reduction following the Fukushima Daiichi accident. “.
He added that depressed electricity demand will continue through 2020, relying less on nuclear power as well as all other dispatchable sources of electricity. Covid-19 lockdown measures have also slowed nuclear power plant construction activity and the completion of several projects is set to be pushed back by a few months to 2021.
The year 2020 is likely to see the completion of a modest number of new reactors, well below the recent high water mark of 11 gigawatts (GW) completed in 2018. At the same time, a slower-than-expected recovery would lead to lower electricity demand and further reduce nuclear power generation in 2020.
As for India, nuclear power plants with a capacity of 7,000 megawatts (MW) are currently in different phases of construction. India plans to add around 20,000 MW of nuclear power generation capacity over the next decade.
Global electricity demand has been significantly reduced due to lockdown measures taken around the world, with ripple effects on the energy mix. According to the IEA, electricity demand has been depressed by 20% or more during periods of total lockdown in several countries around the world.