Back Forty

EPRI Journal looks back 40 years at the electricity sector and research

Comparing Coal and Nuclear Generating Costs

As reported in the October 1977 issue of EPRI Journal, a new EPRI study found that coal and nuclear generation are economically attractive in all six regions of the United States (Northeast, Southeast, East Central, West Central, South Central, West), though nuclear has an average cost advantage. In the western United States, nuclear and coal costs are closer together. The article notes that local circumstances and requirements can significantly affect generation costs.