The competitiveness of wind power compared to existing methods of electricity generation in Iran

Moslem Mousavi, S ; Sharif University of Technology | 2012

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2011.12.038
  3. Publisher: 2012
  4. Abstract:
  5. In Iran, there are more than 15,000. MW of wind power potential, but only about 90. MW have been installed since 2009. Because fuel costs are the main part of fuel-consumed power generation costs and fossil resource costs are highly subsidized in Iran, renewable energies such as wind power have yet to be fully developed. This analysis sets out to evaluate the total generating costs of wind power and conventional power plants in Iran. A levelized cost approach was conducted that included investment costs, O&M costs, fuel costs and external costs of emissions for each type of technology. Comparison of cost assessments of power generation show that by taking into account global fuel prices and incorporating air pollutant externalities, wind power can be as competitive as conventional power plants. This paper suggests that a subsidies targeting law would significantly affect the development of the Iranian wind power industry in the future
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  7. Levelized cost of energy ; Air pollutants ; Competitiveness ; Conventional power plants ; Cost assessment ; Electricity generation ; External costs ; Externality ; Fossil resources ; Fuel cost ; Fuel prices ; Investment costs ; Power potential ; Renewable energies ; Type of technology ; Wind power industry ; Competition ; Costs ; Economics ; Electric generators ; Electric power generation ; Fuels ; Investments ; Power plants ; Wind power ; Cost benefit analysis ; Energy market ; Energy resource ; Renewable resource ; Iran
  8. Source: Energy Policy ; Volume 42 , 2012 , Pages 651-656 ; 03014215 (ISSN)
  9. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421511010445