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Yes, nuclear power IS expensive

Idled reactors still cost utilities 1.2 tril. yen per year: gov't

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130329p2g00m0dm031000c.html

 

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's nine utilities that own nuclear power plants need a total of 1.2 trillion yen a year just to maintain their idled reactors, a government estimate showed Thursday.

Anti-nuclear lawmakers disclosed the estimate by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry at a meeting in Tokyo. The power companies cannot avoid huge costs associated with the nuclear plants, even if they are offline, as they are unable to slash personnel expenses and allowances for depreciation immediately.

In the estimate, compiled at the request of the lawmakers, the ministry did not reveal the amount of money each utility needs for the maintenance of idled rectors.

In any case, the nine regional firms include nuclear-related expenses in their bills, meaning that consumers ultimately have to shoulder such costs.

Currently, 48 of Japan's 50 functional commercial reactors are offline amid heightened concerns over the safety of nuclear energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

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Idled reactor upkeep bleeding utilities by ¥1.2 trillion

Kyodo

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/03/29/business/idled-reactor-upkeep-bleeding-utilities-by-%C2%A51-2-trillion/#.UVXJ6Df1tEs

 

The nine utilities that own nuclear power plants need a total of ¥1.2 trillion a year just to maintain their idled reactors, according to the latest government estimate.

Antinuclear lawmakers disclosed the estimate, which was developed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, at a meeting Thursday in Tokyo.

The power companies can’t avoid the huge costs associated with their nuclear plants as they are unable to immediately slash personnel expenses or write off depreciation fees.

In the estimate, compiled at the request of the lawmakers, METI did not break down how much money each utility needs to maintain the rectors.

All nine firms include nuclear-related expenses in their billing, meaning consumers ultimately have to shoulder such costs.

Forty-eight of Japan’s 50 functional commercial reactors are offline amid heightened concerns over the safety of nuclear energy in light of the Fukushima triple-meltdown disaster, which started in 2011. The reactors also face new safety standards.

 
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