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GliderGuider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-06-10 02:06 PM
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45. I found something odd in an article on English wind turbines.
Edited on Wed Oct-06-10 02:32 PM by GliderGuider
I was looking for an article that talked about project delays and cost overruns in wind projects, to demonstrate that such issues are not unique to nuclear plants. I found a promising article from the UK: Flaw hits hundreds of EU offshore wind turbines.

As I was reading it, though, I found a startling statistic in the last paragraph.

In an attempt to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, Britain aims to install 32 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2020 at a cost of a hundred billion pounds.

Wait, what? Seriously, that's 5,000 USD per KW. Of capacity. Given a 30% capacity factor (these are offshore, so I'll cut them some slack), that's $16,667 per KWe. The worst capital cost estimates I've seen for nuclear power are half that, and less breathless claims are a third of that or less.

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