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Power Generation Resource Inputs

Nuclear: 1970’s vintage PWR, 90% capacity factor, 60 year life [1]

40 MT steel / MW(average)

190 m3 concrete / MW(average)

Wind: 1990’s vintage, 6.4 m/s average wind speed, 25% capacity factor, 15 year life [2]

460 MT steel / MW (average)

870 m3 concrete / MW(average)

Coal: 78% capacity factor, 30 year life [2]

98 MT steel / MW(average)

160 m3 concrete / MW(average)

Natural Gas Combined Cycle: 75% capacity factor, 30 year life [3]

3.3 MT steel / MW(average)

27 m3 concrete / MW(average)

Recent increase in natural gas plants

Cost of:

 materials

 labor

 land

 tools

 etc…

Distance from end user, prime real estate, energy intensity, etc…

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