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Strategic decisions

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Rafael Herzberg- is an independent energy consultant, self-employed (since 2018) based in São Paulo, Brazil* Focus on C level, VPs and upper managers associated to energy related info, analysis...

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Strategic decisions

The trillion dollar package that is being considered to boost the American economy includes power generation.

There are especially three sources under consideration for large centralized plants (and solar for distributed generation) and respective projected energy prices:

* Wind (USD 121/MWh)
* Nuclear (USD 63/MWh)
* Natural gas (USD 37/MWh)

Wind is the one that offers great "environmental" appeal, but it is the most expensive, mainly because it is associated with "off-shore" farms, which require significant additional investments.

Nuclear collides with sensitive security issues.

Natural gas, although much better (emissions) than coal-fired power plants, is not as sexy as renewables, especially at a time when global warming is an important issue.

On the other side of the scale is the cost. The most expensive solutions will incur a significant extra cost at a time when the majority of the population suffers from the economic consequences of the pandemic. It will be very interesting to monitor the outcome of this decision.


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