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New Wind, Solar Power Cheaper Than Nuclear Option, Study Shows

New wind and solar plants generate cheaper low-carbon electricity than the latest nuclear reactors, a study shows, indicating they will lead a global push for green energy.

Newly built wind and solar with natural-gas as a backup can make power a fifth cheaper than nuclear backed by gas, the study by consultant Prognos AG shows. Excluding the backup generation, renewables produce power 50 percent cheaper than nuclear, according to the study. Gas-fired power may be used when demand exceeds generation available from wind and solar.

The full report, scheduled for release tomorrow, was commissioned by Agora Energiewende, owned by the Mercator Foundation and European Climate Foundation involved in promoting action on climate change.

“Wind and solar systems will dominate the power system in increasingly more countries,” Patrick Graichen, head of Agora Energiewende, said in an e-mailed statement. “The battle for the cheapest CO2-free power mix is decided.”

The study brings succor to those arguing for renewables.
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