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Distribution of generation types. S. gas plants, reflecting higher gas prices in France. S. gas plants are correspondingly higher. S. share. S. coal plants is correspondingly about one-third higher than that of the French coal plants. S. advantage in coal costs, which has been a major impetus to the French concentration in nuclear generation capacity. S. Busbar Costs, 25-Year Plant Life, Technology-Specific Capacity Factors, 10 Percent Discount Rate, $ per MWh, 2003 Prices Country France United States France United States France United States Plant Type Nuclear Closed-Cycle Nuclear Once-Through Gas Turbine Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Combined Cycle Pulverized Coal Combustion Pulverized Coal Combustion Capacity Factor, Percent 70 70 Shares of Busbar Cost, Percent Busbar Cost Capital O&M Fuel 71 13 16 55 68 19 13 53 80 25 7 68 60 80 28 9 63 32 80 46 15 40 67 80 60 14 26 42 Source: OECD (1998), Ilten (2003, Table 39).

LCOEs on new nuclear plants in the United States are not projected to be higher than those elsewhere in the world, comparing favorably even with the prospective French costs. Nuclear power’s large share of electricity generation in France appears to be due at least partially to the fact that generation costs from alternative sources in France are higher than 2-15 for nuclear power. Total capital cost shares of LCOEs for new nuclear plants projected in the United States and France are similar. Historically, France has experienced shorter and less variable construction times for its nuclear plants than has the United States.

French authors writing on private financing of new nuclear plants have expressed concern about the high risk premiums that capital markets will assign to investments in these facilities (Lescoeur and Penz 1999). 4. Finnish Busbar Costs The Finnish data include cost information for new GTCC, nuclear, and pulverized coal plants, shown in Table 2-6. Nuclear power is the highest-cost option at 8 and 10 percent discount rates, but it is the least-cost option at a 5 percent discount rate. GTCC is the leastcost option at both 8 and 10 percent discount.

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