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It is actually somewhat worse than that, since the engineering lifespan of a openwater windmill is about 20 years, and the EPR is built to last 60, so you have to count in rebuilding the windfarm twice.. This is not a tripling of relative cost, as you need to apply the discount rate to the second and third build, but it does matter, and while life cycle accounting helps when comparing costs with coal (which has externalities that makes building it effectively criminal) it does not help when comparing costs to nuclear, since nuclear was the first energy industry to get its life cycle costs internalized.
by Thomas on Thu May 20th, 2010 at 06:01:56 PM EST
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