A Reactor Level Analysis of Busbar Costs for US Nuclear Plants, 1970-2005

Hultman, Nathan and Koomey, Jonathan (2007) A Reactor Level Analysis of Busbar Costs for US Nuclear Plants, 1970-2005. Energy Policy, 35 (11). pp. 5630-5642.

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We present a reactor-by-reactor analysis of historical busbar costs for 99 nuclear reactors in the United States, and compare those costs with recent projections for next-generation US reactors. We argue that cost projections far different from median historical costs require more justification than estimates that lie close to those medians. Our analysis suggests that some recent projections of capital costs, construction duration, and total operations and maintenance costs are quite low—far enough from the historical medians that additional scrutiny may be required to justify using such estimates in current policy discussions and planning.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Nuclear power; Busbar costs; Learning curves
Subject(s): Science & technology management
Centre: Institute for Science, Innovation and Society
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2012 20:45
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/1758

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