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Nuclear Power's Role in Generating Electricity
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Editors: Perry G. Furham
Book Description:
This new book is concerned about the adequacy of electricity supply and the impact of greenhouse-gas emissions on the environment have prompted policymakers to reevaluate the role that nuclear power might play in the future in meeting the nation’s demand for electricity. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) offers incentives for expanding utilities’ capacity to generate electricity using innovative fossil-fuel technologies and a new generation of nuclear reactors that are designed to decrease costs and enhance safety. In addition, policymakers are considering various proposals that would impose charges on entities that emit carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas. Such policies could further encourage the use of nuclear power, which emits no such gases, by increasing the cost of generating electricity with competing fossil-fuel technologies.

Table of Contents:
Preface

1. Summary and Introduction

Background on Electricity-Generating Technologies

Considerations Underlying Future Investment in Power Plants

How Might Carbon Dioxide Charges Affect the Prospects of Investment in New Nuclear Plants?

How Does the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Affect the Prospects of Investment in New Nuclear Plants?

Uncertainties Posed by Future Market Conditions and the Possibility of Carbon Dioxide Constraints


2. Framing the Analysis: Base-Case Assumptions and the Effects of Policy

Levelized Cost Analysis

Base-Case Assumptions

Accounting for the Effects of Policy

Accounting for the Effects of Carbon Dioxide Charges

Accounting for the Effects of Energy Policy Act Incentives


3. Results and Implications of the Analysis

The Outlook for Investment in the Absence of Carbon Dioxide Charges and EPAct Incentives

The Outlook for Investment Under Carbon Dioxide Charges

The Outlook for Investment Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005

Incentives and Impediments at the State and Local Levels

Future Market and Policy Uncertainties

Index

   Series:
      Energy Policies, Politics and Prices
   Binding: Softcover
   Pub. Date: 2009
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-226-7
   Status: AV
  
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