Mikey wrote:That chart, though, doesn't show startup capital or consider availability. Geothermal is great but geographically limited, and biomass at this point is still going to engender considerably more capital outlay to make significant contributions than nukes.
Tyyr wrote:Solar thermal really isn't any more wasteful than Solar PV in terms of land area. It's not tremendous in terms of energy output but it's not that bad.
Nukes are easier to make happen but the economy has put a lot of nuclear projects that had been progressing on hold as electricity demand stopped climbing. There were two new plants planned for Florida but FPL canceled theirs due to tapering off of demand. Progress Energy is continuing on though with Levy county which will be a pair of 1,000MW nukes.
Tyyr wrote:Straight from the department of energy, what a powerplant is going to cost you in dollars per megawatthour. Long story short, build nukes.
Atekimogus wrote:Tyyr wrote:Straight from the department of energy, what a powerplant is going to cost you in dollars per megawatthour. Long story short, build nukes.
Well if monetary costs are your only deciding factor you might be right. On the other hand there is quite a reason why nukes are not considered a renewable form of energy, meaning that at some point we will also run out of fissionable material. And even if this were not the case you would still need to find a more satisfactory solution for the storage of the nuclear waste than we have at the moment.
My hope is still that we will soon find better alternatives and I also think it won't be any one kind of renewable energy but a combination of everything available.
Tyyr wrote: My company has done multiple studies with our customers to find out their feelings on green power. One of the questions we asked was how much would they be willing to pay over what they currently do for their electricity for totally green power. You know the answer? $0.00. They weren't even willing to pay a 1% premium for green power. Not even 1% over their current rates.
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