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Introduction to the Cost of Electrical Power at Generator Stations


Learn to derive the price of power at a busbar adjacent to a generating station. Discuss the many variables you’ll need to keep in mind as a designer, technician, project manager, engineer, analyst or other professional calculating these costs.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss generator station variables
  • Understand the relationship between choice of busbar design and cost
  • Get insight into the overall strategy behind generator station design

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Course Outline/Topics

Generating Station Type

  • Base Load
  • Peaking
  • Renewable

Fuel Source

  • Nuclear
  • Natural Gas
  • Coal
  • Diesel
  • Wind
  • Water
  • Solar

Return on Investment

  • Capital Investment


  • Stocks / Dividends
  • Bonds / Interest
  • Retained Earnings
  • Depreciation
  • Taxes


  • Fuel
  • Losses
  • Operations
  • Maintenance
  • Labor, Overheads and Other Expenses
  • Startup / Shutdown / Lay-Up

In areas where the power system has been deregulated, the costs presented in this session should be considered to be ballpark costs as low load levels may cause power producers to sell power at a loss rather than to incur shutdown and startup costs. Conversely, at high load levels with congestion pricing in effect, power producers may be able to increase profitability.

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This program can be applied toward the:

Mon. May 4, 2015
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: Anthony F. Sleva, P.E., Adjunct Faculty
CEUs: 0.4/PDHs: 4
Program No. 4840-7531
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