Electric Power: Technologies, Numbers and Costs

I gathered the following information for the "Energize America" plan, and thought it would be useful to post here, on the various costs, options, and issues for different types of electric power plants. The full "Assumptions" document this comes from is available here.  

The following numbers are for the United States.






Solar Photovoltaic

Effects of Finance

The mix of options ranges from those with low capital costs but high fuel costs (natural gas and diesel generators) to those with very high capital costs and zero fuel costs (solar). Operations and maintenance costs in addition to fuel will add to the resulting cost per kWh. If a project can be financed with a low interest rate, higher capital costs may be manageable; if interest rates are high, then only projects with low capital costs will be economical.


Created: 2006-05-30 05:49:18 by Arthur Smith