Projected Costs of Generating Electricity

Nuclear Energy Agency

2079-8393 (online)
2079-8385 (print)
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This periodic report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) presents the latest cost data available for a wide variety of generation fuels and technologies.

Projected Costs of Generating Electricity 2010

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25 Mar 2010
9789264084315 (PDF) ;9789264084308(print)

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This joint IEA/NEA report on electricity generating costs presents the latest data available for a wide variety of fuels and technologies, including coal and gas (with and without carbon capture), nuclear, hydro, onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar, wave and tidal as well as combined heat and power (CHP).  It provides levelised costs of electricity (LCOE) per MWh for almost 200 plants, based on data covering 21 countries (including four major non-OECD countries), and several industrial companies and organisations.  For the first time, the report contains an extensive sensitivity analysis of the impact of variations in key parameters such as discount rates, fuel prices and carbon costs on LCOE.  Additional issues affecting power generation choices are also examined.

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Table of Contents

List of participating members of the Expert Group
Executive summary
Part I. Methodology and Data on Levelised Costs for Generating Electricity
Chapter 1. Introduction and context
Chapter 2. Methodology, conventions and key assumptions

-2.1. The notion of levelised costs of electricity (LCOE)
-2.2. The EGC spreadsheet model for calculating LCOE
-2.3. Methodological conventions and key assumptions for calculating
-LCOE with the EGC spreadsheet model
Chapter 3 Technology overview
-3.1. Presentation of different power technologies
-3.2. Technology-by-technology data on electricity generating costs
Chapter 4. Country-by-country data on electricity generating costs for different technologies
-4.1. Country-by-country data on electricity generating costs (bar graphs)
-4.2. Country-by-country data on electricity generating costs (numerical tables) 12
Part II. Sensitivity analyses and boundary isues
Chapter 5. Median case
Chapter 6. Sensitivity analyses

-6.1. Multi-dimensional sensitivity analysis
-6.2. Summary results of the sensitivity analyses for different parameters
-6.3. Qualitative discussion of different variables affecting the LCOE
Chapter 7. System integration aspects of variable renewable power generation
-7.1. Introduction
-7.2. Variability
-7.3. Flexibility
-7.4. Costing variable renewable integration
-7.5. Power system adequacy
Chapter 8. Financing issues
-8.1. Social resource cost and private investment cost: the difference is uncertainty
-8.2. The role of corporate taxes and the coherence of fiscal and energy policy
-8.3. The impact of the financial and economic crisis
-8.4. Options for improving investment conditions in the power sector
Chapter 9. Levelised costs and the working of actual power markets
-9.1. Use and limitations of LCOE
-9.2. Power market functioning and electricity pricing in competitive markets
-9.3. Qualitative assessment of major risks associated with generation technologies
-9.4. Policy considerations
Chapter 10 Carbon capture and storage
-10.1. Introduction
-10.2. Role of CCS in CO2 mitigation
-10.3. CO2 capture and storage in power generation
-10.4. Demonstration and deployment of CCS
Chapter 11. Synthesis report on other studies of the levelised cost of electricity
-11.1. Introduction
-11.2. Common lessons1
Annex 1. Issues concerning data from non-OECD countries and assumptions for the electricity generating cost calculations
-South Africa
Annex 2. List of abbreviations

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