22 Sep '14, 11am

New Cost Analysis Shows Unsubsidized Renewables Increasingly Rival Fossil Fuels

New Cost Analysis Shows Unsubsidized Renewables Increasingly Rival Fossil Fuels

Renewables in the electricity sector are undoubtedly getting cheaper. But exactly how cheap compared to conventional fuels? If using the common levelized cost of energy (LCOE) metric, renewables are actually starting to rival fossil fuels and nuclear on an unsubsidized basis, according to the latest calculations from the financial advisory firm Lazard. In the newest version of its comprehensive LCOE analysis of energy technologies, Lazard finds that a wide variety of renewables are, in some cases, directly competitive with coal, gas and nuclear without federal tax support. LCOE is the megawatt-hour cost of a particular technology in real dollars. The calculation, which factors in capital expenditures, dispatchability, fuel costs, operations and maintenance costs, and financing costs, is a widely used metric for comparing different energy resources. Lazard’s research shows ...

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