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Nuclear Power: a Hedge against Uncertain Gas and Carbon Prices?

By Fabien A. Roques, William J. Nuttall, David Newbery and Richard de Neufville


High fossil fuel prices have rekindled interest in nuclear power. This paper identifies specific nuclear characteristics making it unattractive to merchant generators in liberalised electricity markets, and argues that non-fossil fuel technologies have an overlooked à ¢à  à  option valueà ¢à  à  given fuel and carbon price uncertainty. Stochastic optimisation estimates the company option value of keeping open the choice between nuclear and gas technologies. This option value decreases sharply as the correlation between electricity, gas, and carbon prices rises, casting doubt on whether private investorsà ¢à  à  fuel-mix diversification incentives in electricity markets are aligned with the social value of a diverse fuel-mix

Topics: stochastic optimisation, fuel-mix, diversification, Classification-JEL: C15, C61, L52, L94, Nuclear economics
Publisher: Faculty of Economics
Year: 2006
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Provided by: Apollo

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