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    This is an interesting and useful page on costs of energy by source:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_electricity_by_source

    If the U.S. government set the policy that all federal R&D dollars will go into energy sources that are not yet at $125 per megawatt hour in total system levelized cost, then no federal R&D would go to coal, natural gas, nuclear, win, geothermal, biomass, or hydro.

    That would leave only solar and fusion getting federal R&D money.

    And that’s good policy. You should only spend federal energy R&D dollars to bring down the cost of energy (and into conservation / efficiency R&D and maybe carborn capture). You’d leave tax incentives in place for everybody else doing clean and/or renewable energy. But R&D would all go to bring down the cost to $125 per megawatt hour in total system levelized cost.

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    Couldn’t agree more! Here, here!

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    AvatarBrian H
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    modernsteam wrote: Couldn’t agree more! Here, here!

    That’s “Hear! Hear!” (English parliamentary cry).

    And FF is projected to be about $3-$5/MWh. So everything else will be economic roadkill.

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