Really enhances the Natural Landscape?
Wind Energy Costs
According to reports recently published, the cost of Wind Power has become more economical than Nuclear Power. At an estimated cost of approximately €4,500 a kilowatt or perhaps a lot more, the installed cost of the nuclear option is well ahead of the cost of wind turbines with an average cost of €1,350 per kW in 2009.
The actual cost of a nuclear reactor has been a matter of some contention for many years among researchers and others. No reactors have been built in the USA in recent times, so there are no solid current figures to rely on.
In 2009, MIT updated the estimated figure to about €3,000 a kilowatt but with some caveats. On the other side of the argument, another published report quotes Mark Cooper University of Vermont Law School, as saying that the costs could be as high as $8,000 per Kw.
The capital costs of a nuclear reactor must include the decommissioning costs when the reactor had reached the end of it useful life. Decommissioning costs have never been fully and clearly outlined. There are likely to be enormous and horrendous costs involved - some say the decommissioning could cost many times the initial building costs. More optimistic estimates suggest a cost of cleaning up the toxic and highly dangerous mess might cost a mere $4000 per Kw of installed capacity, but I wonder if this fully costs out the disposal, storage, and making safe of vast quantities of materials, and does it cost the making safe of the site for the next 200,000 years?
Rather These in your Area than a Nuclear Reactor?
Cost of Wind Turbines
The cost of wind turbines has fallen steadily over recent years as turbine design has been improved and simplified. The installed cost per kilowatt of capacity are generally taken as an average of €1,350 per kW in 2009. The costs are expected to fall further to €1,240 per kW by 2020 and €1,216 by 2030.
The problem with wind energy is that it is intermittent and therefore needs some sort of storage capacity to balance the load. Batteries for storage wind power sell for €2,500 a kilowatt. Compressed air power storage can cost €750 per kilowatt.
Allowing for storage capacity it is still fair to argue that Wind Power would be considerable more economical, in the log run, than Nuclear Power, not to mention safety, national security issues, aesthetics, and sustainability. Nuclear fuels are not a renewable resource.