Power Plant Costs

Table 3-2 shows comparative characteristics of current and developing fossil-fueled generating cycle technologies by one nationally recognized source. Included are comparative heat rates, capital (overnight), and operations and maintenance (O&M) costs in 1987 $/MWh. O&M costs are differentiated between fixed and variable components. Overnight costs do not include financing costs during construction and other peripheral costs, such as site purchase and development. Actual turnkey costs can, therefore, be significantly higher. Additionally, the labor and material costs associated with centralized power plant construction, as well as localized on-site systems, vary from region to region. Regional multipliers for new construction costs that may be applied to the various new fossil-fueled generating technologies can be found in standard construction estimating references.

On-Site Application of Conventional and Advanced Cycle Plants

Use of the conventional and advanced steam turbine

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