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U.S. O&M costs of power plants by technology 2017

Power plant operation and maintenance costs in the U.S. in 2017, by technology*

by T. Wang, last edited Aug 9, 2019
U.S. O&M costs of power plants by technology 2017 The costs to run and maintain a power plant in the United States varies greatly by the type of power plant being operated. In 2017, an advanced nuclear power plant had fixed costs that totaled about 101.28 U.S. dollars per kilowatt per year, while its variable costs reached 2.32 U.S. dollars per megawatt hour. In comparison, a conventional gas/oil combination cycle plant has about 11.11 U.S. dollars per kilowatt per year in fixed costs with 3.54 U.S. dollars per megawatt hour in variable costs. These technologies used to fuel the power plant will vary based on factors like project size, location, and access to infrastructure (like grid interconnection, fuel supply, and transportation).
Power plant costs explained

Fixed costs of power plants generally include capital and land costs, which include labor as well as costs associated with obtaining approvals and permits. Variable operating costs depend on the amount of energy produced by the plant. For fossil fuel plants, fuel costs make up most of the rest of the operating costs. In contrast, renewables tend to have no fuel costs, with the exception of biomass, and nuclear power plants also tend to have very low fuel costs. Labor and maintenance costs tend to make up the bulk of operational costs for these plants.
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Power plant operation and maintenance costs in the U.S. in 2017, by technology*

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