An analysis of the impacts of economic incentive programs on commercial nuclear power plant operations and maintenance costs

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Operations and Maintenance (O and M) expenditures by nuclear power plant owner/operators possess a very logical and vital link in considerations relating to plant safety and reliability. Since the determinants of O and M outlays are considerable and varied, the potential linkages to plant safety, both directly and indirectly, can likewise be substantial. One significant issue before the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is the impact, if any, on O and M spending from state programs that attempt to improve plant operating performance, and how and to what extent these programs may affect plant safety and pose public health risks. The ... continued below

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Kavanaugh, D.C.; Monroe, W.H. & Wood, R.S. February 1, 1996.

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Operations and Maintenance (O and M) expenditures by nuclear power plant owner/operators possess a very logical and vital link in considerations relating to plant safety and reliability. Since the determinants of O and M outlays are considerable and varied, the potential linkages to plant safety, both directly and indirectly, can likewise be substantial. One significant issue before the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is the impact, if any, on O and M spending from state programs that attempt to improve plant operating performance, and how and to what extent these programs may affect plant safety and pose public health risks. The purpose of this study is to examine the role and degree of impacts from state promulgated economic incentive programs (EIPs) on plant O and M spending. A multivariate regression framework is specified, and the model is estimated on industry data over a five-year period, 1986--1990. Explanatory variables for the O and M spending model include plant characteristics, regulatory effects, financial strength factors, replacement power costs, and the performance incentive programs. EIPs are found to have statistically significant effects on plant O and M outlays, albeit small in relation to other factors. Moreover, the results indicate that the relatively financially weaker firms are more sensitive in their O and M spending to the presence of such programs. Formulations for linking spending behavior and EIPs with plant safety performance remains for future analysis.

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INIS; OSTI as TI96007152

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  • Other: TI96007152
  • Report No.: NUREG/CR--6435
  • Report No.: PNL--10934
  • Grant Number: AC06-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/206605 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 206605
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc669977

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Kavanaugh, D.C.; Monroe, W.H. & Wood, R.S. An analysis of the impacts of economic incentive programs on commercial nuclear power plant operations and maintenance costs, report, February 1, 1996; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc669977/: accessed July 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.