Economies of scale, reliability and generation capacity [electronic resource] : the economics of small versus large electricity generating units
- Los Alamos, N.M. : Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, 1979.
Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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- Pages: 14 : digital, PDF file
- Additional Creators:
- Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory
United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
- The type of analysis which should be conducted in the selection of the most economical electricity generation capacity expansion plan is discussed. Major points are that scale economies are probably no longer as substantial factor as they were once thought to be. At the same time, the system reliability impact of large generating units is a factor tending to offset any scale economies that might remain. When these two elements were juxtaposed in a composite analysis it was concluded that the system reliability effects of the small unit plan more than offset the somewhat higher capital cost per installed kw. This conclusion was robust to rather substantial changes in capital cost, heat rate and discount rate, the three most important variables in the calculation. It seems clear that utilities should examine the full costs of a variety of different capacity expansion plans.
- Published through SciTech Connect.
3. national conference and exhibition on technology for energy conservation, Tucson, AZ, USA, 22 Jan 1979.
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