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Projected Costs of Generating Electricity 2005

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This sixth study in a series on projected costs of generating electricity presents and analyses cost estimates for some 130 power and co-generation (heat and power) plants using coal, gas, nuclear and renewable energy sources. Experts from 19 OECD member countries, 2 international organisations and 3 non-member countries contributed to the study.

The levelised lifetime costs presented and analysed were calculated with input data from participating experts and commonly agreed generic assumptions, using a uniform methodology. Key issues related to generation costs are addressed in the report, including methodologies to incorporate risk in cost assessments, impact of carbon emission trading and integration of wind power into electricity grids.

A reference in the field, this publication will be of interest to energy policy makers, electricity system analysts and energy economists.

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Generation Costs of Combined Heat and Power CHP Plants

Nuclear Energy Agency

Combined heat and power plants were considered in previous studies and methodological issues raised by estimating the costs of generating electricity and heat with dual-product plants were discussed, in particular in Appendix 4 of the 1998 update of the report (OECD, 1998). However, the analyses carried out so far in the context of studies in the series remained qualitative. In the present study, an attempt was made to provide quantitative estimates of electricity generation costs for CHP plants, relying on a generic approach and a methodology commonly agreed upon by the group of experts.

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