§ 82. Mr. Gibson-Watt
asked the Minister of Power what estimate he has received from the Central Electricity 256W Generating Board of the price per therm at which coal could compete with oil in electricity generation, assuming the removal of the duty on fuel oil.
§ 93. Mr. J. H. Osborn
asked the Minister of Power at what price per therm he estimates coal could compete with oil in electricity generation, assuming the removal of the duty on fuel oil.
§ 98. Mr. Stratton Mills
asked the Minister of Power what is his latest estimate of the average cost per therm of electricity generation by coal, by oil, by the first generation of nuclear power stations, and by the second generation of nuclear power stations; and what estimates exist for 1970 and 1975.
§ Mr. Freeson
The total generation costs in pence per kilowatt hour at new coal or oil-fired stations are 0.5d.-0.7d. according to fuel cost and location, and for first generation nuclear stations 0.7d.; there are no second generation nuclear power stations in operation.
The estimated costs for 1970 for conventional stations are about 0.5–0.6 pence per kilowatt-hour, according to fuel cost and location, and for nuclear about 0.5d.
In the period 1970 to 1975 it is expected that costs will fall more in nuclear than in conventional generation.