Advanced Search

Update on the Cost of Nuclear Power

Research and Teaching Output of the MIT Community

Show simple item record Parsons, John E. Du, Yangbo 2009-06-29T19:12:38Z 2009-06-29T19:12:38Z 2009
dc.identifier.issn 2009-004
dc.description.abstract We update the cost of nuclear power as calculated in the MIT (2003) Future of Nuclear Power study. Our main focus is on the changing cost of construction of new plants. The MIT (2003) study provided useful data on the cost of then recent builds in Japan and the Republic of Korea. We provide similar data on later builds in Japan and the Republic of Korea as well as a careful analysis of the forecasted costs on some recently proposed plants in the US. Using the updated cost of construction, we calculate a levelized cost of electricity from nuclear power. We also update the cost of electricity from coal- and gas-fired power plants and compare the levelized costs of nuclear, coal and gas. The results show that the cost of constructing a nuclear plant have approximately doubled. The cost of constructing coal-fired plants has also increased, although perhaps just as importantly, the cost of the coal itself spiked dramatically, too. Capital costs are a much smaller fraction of the cost of electricity from gas, so it is the recent spike in the price of natural gas that have contributed to the increased cost of electricity. These results document changing prices leading up to the current economic and financial crisis, and do not incorporate how this crisis may be currently affecting prices. en
dc.description.sponsorship Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries MIT-CEEPR;09-004WP
dc.title Update on the Cost of Nuclear Power en
dc.type Working Paper en

Files in this item

Name Size Format Description
2009-004.pdf 246.9Kb PDF
Du and Parsons ... 420Kb Microsoft Excel

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record