Cost analysis of light water reactor power plants

by W. E. Mooz

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A statistical cost analysis of the licensing time, construction time, and capital cost of light water reactor (LWR) power plants. Use of econometric techniques allows the major cost-driving variables to be identified through multivariate analysis of time series data on over 50 U.S. nuclear power plants. The analysis provides a clearer picture than does engineering cost estimates of the dynamic changes that have occurred in the cost of power plants. A tool is described that can be used to project LWR costs.

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