Do We Need More Power Plants?

  • Bernard L. Cohen


Power plants for generating electricity cost billions of dollars, which is very expensive by any standard, and a plant’s cost must be borne by the utility that will sell its output. A utility will therefore not build a power plant unless it is needed and will yield an eventual profit. How does a utility decide to build such a plant?


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    U.S. Council for Energy Awareness, “USCEA 1988 International Reactor Survey” (1989).Google Scholar
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    Dept, of Energy/Energy Information Agency, Monthly Energy Review (March 1989).Google Scholar

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© Bernard L. Cohen 1990

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