Resolution of Generic Safety Issues: Item B-44: Forecasts of Generating Costs of Coal and Nuclear Plants ( NUREG-0933, Main Report with Supplements 1–34 )
In the performance of NEPA obligations to evaluate alternatives to the proposed action, the staff must reach a conclusion as to the comparative costs of generating power among the feasible alternatives. While alternatives other than coal are treated in the staff's analysis, coal represents by far the most feasible alternative and requires detailed cost comparisons equivalent to those performed for nuclear. For several years, the staff has used a computer code known as CONCEPT to obtain forecasts of plant capital costs. This code was developed by ORNL based upon design specifications and cost estimates done by United Engineers and Constructors. This NUREG-04713 task involves maintaining and developing improvements to the CONCEPT code so that it remains up to date for use in projections of power plant capital cost, front-end cost, and generating cost forecasts.
Work completed on this Environmental issue was published in ORNL-5470,483 ORNL/ TM-6467,484 and NUREG/CR-2844.485 Two computer programs have been developed: (1) CONCEPT, for capital costs, and (2) OMCST, for operation and maintenance costs.412 Thus, this item has been resolved.