The Cost of Nuclear Electricity: France after Fukushima

26 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2013  

Nicolas Boccard

University of Girona - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 12, 2013

Abstract

The Fukushima disaster has lead the French government to release novel cost information relative to its nuclear electricity program allowing us to compute a levelized cost. We identify a modest escalation of capital cost and a larger than expected operational cost. Under the best scenario, the cost of French nuclear power over the last four decades is 59 d/MWh (at 2010 prices) while in the worst case it is 83 d/MWh. On the basis of these findings, we estimate the future cost of nuclear power in France to be at least 76 d/MWh and possibly 117 d/MWh. A comparison with the US confirms that French nuclear electricity nevertheless remains cheaper. Comparisons with coal, natural gas and wind power are carried out to the advantage of these.

Suggested Citation

Boccard, Nicolas, The Cost of Nuclear Electricity: France after Fukushima (November 12, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2353305 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2353305

Nicolas Boccard (Contact Author)

University of Girona - Department of Economics ( email )

FCEE, Campus de Montilivi
Girona, 17071
Spain

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