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Nuclear Power Economics

  • M. R. Deinert
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Part of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology Series book series (ESSTS)



Onetime costs [$]

C e

Cost of electricity [$]

E p

Electricity production [kW(e)]


Future value in constant dollars [$]


Future value in nominal dollars [$]


Heavy metal refers to the uranium and or transuranic component of fuel


Inflation rate per year






Kilowatt hour


Kilowatt hour electric


$ 0.001


Mixed oxide fuel


Megawatt hour electric


Number of years


Distributed costs [$/year]




Present value [$]


Nominal yearly rate of return in discrete discounting

r(x i,x j)

Correlation coefficient


Standard deviation


Spent fuel (also called used nuclear fuel; SF will be used in this work)


Separative work


Time [year]




Uranium dioxide fuel


Vitrified high-level waste

x i

Denotes a cost component


Linear cost escalation rate [$/year2]


Linear cost escalation intercept [$/year]


Delta function


Real discount or interest rate [1/year]

Definition of the Subject

Financial viability is an...



Special thanks to Andrew Osborne, Brady Stoll, and Geoff Recktenwald for editorial comments. Thanks to Eric Bickel and Michael Webber for useful discussions and to Nick Tsoulfanidis for editorial comments and for acting as editor for this series.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringThe Colorado School of MinesGoldenUSA

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