Coal, Nuclear

Five-year low cost producers still coal-fired

Issue 1 and Volume 99.

Five-year low cost producers still coal-fired

The least-cost producers of electricity in the United States over the five-year period 1989 to 1993 are coal-fired power plants west of the Mississippi River burning low-sulfur coal. These data are confirmed in a recent analysis of production expenses for 707 power plants producing 85 percent of U.S. electric utility output by the Utility Data Institute (UDI).

The U.S. Steam-Electric Plants: Five-Year Production Costs 1989-1993 is the latest edition of an annual report. This year?s report details $267 billion in expenses incurred for operations, maintenance and fuel during the last five years by 402 coal-fired plants, 173 gas-fired plants, 55 oil-fired plants, 66 nuclear power plants and 11 plants burning other fuels. The two-volume report includes five years of expense data for each plant and a five-year average calculated for each category.

Call UDI at (800) 486-3660 for purchase information.