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Historical Costs of Coal-Fired Electricity and Implications for the Future

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We study the costs of coal-fired electricity in the United States between 1882 and 2006 by decomposing it in terms of the price of coal, transportation costs, energy density, thermal efficiency, plant construction cost, interest rate, capacity factor, and operations and maintenance cost. The dominant determinants of costs have been the price of coal and plant construction cost. The price of coal appears to fluctuate more or less randomly while the construction cost follows long-term trends, d...

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10.1016/j.enpol.2011.01.037

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Mathematical Inst
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Author
Journal:
Energy Policy
Volume:
39
Issue:
6
Pages:
3042-3054
Publication date:
2010-01-05
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ISSN:
0301-4215
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uuid:8513e5ac-4b48-4469-88b0-effc9e0b13b3
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387679
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pubs:387679
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