This report considers the key factors that determine the operation of existing and new coal-fired capacity in selected OECD countries (USA, UK, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, Finland and Canada). Coal-fired power cannot be analysed in isolation, and so a broad analysis across all power generating disciplines is given to provide a picture of coal’s position in world generation today and in the near future.
The report aims to move away from idealised cost comparisons where stations are assumed to run at baseload, to see the effects on stations’ economics under a range of likely plant utilisations and . . .