Projected Costs of Generating Electricity

Nuclear Energy Agency

Frequency :
Irregular
ISSN :
2079-8393 (online)
ISSN :
2079-8385 (print)
DOI :
10.1787/20798393
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Projected Costs of Generating Electricity

Projected Costs of Generating Electricity

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Author(s):
OECD, NEA
Publication Date :
08 Oct 1998
Pages :
244
ISBN :
9789264163706 (PDF) ; 9789264161627 (print)
DOI :
10.1787/9789264163706-en

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This is the fifth study in a series on the future costs of generating electricity. It reviews cost estimates for power plants using nuclear, coal, gas and renewable energy sources. Experts from fourteen OECD countries and five non-OECD countries provided estimated costs for investment, for operations and maintenance, and for fuel for more than 70 power plants. A uniform, consistent method of analysis produces comparable, levelised costs of electricity (cents/kWh). The study also analyses the effects on generation costs of variations in economic lifetime, plant load, and fossil fuel price escalation. An authoritative reference in the field, this publication will be especially useful to electricity system analysts and experts in electric power economics.

Also available in: French

Table of Contents

FOREWORD
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
-Generation costs
-Fuel price assumptions
-Trends in projected generation costs
-Decision criteria
-Findings and conclusions
INTRODUCTION
-Objectives, participation and scope
-Past studies
-Recent developments
-Other relevant studies
-Limitations of results
METHODOLOGY, COVERAGE AND COMMON ASSUMPTIONS
-Methodology
-Data source and coverage of the study
-Assumptions adopted for the reference cases
OVERVIEW OF RESULTS
-Investment costs
-Operation and maintenance costs
-Nuclear fuel costs
-Coal price assumptions
-Gas price assumptions
-Overall generation costs
-Sensitivities
-Trends in projected generation costs
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS
REFERENCES