Working Party on Nuclear Energy Economics (WPNE)

The NEA's Committee for Technical and Economic Studies on Nuclear Energy Development and the Fuel Cycle (Nuclear Development Committee, NDC) agreed during its June 2007 meeting to establish a subgroup to provide analyses of economic issues on a near-permanent basis. The Working Party on Nuclear Energy Economics (WPNE), which is made up of representatives from 12 NEA member countries and international organisation observers, met for the first time on 12-13 November 2007 at NEA headquarters. Participants discussed a wide range of issues in the field of economics of nuclear energy and several activities that could be undertaken within the framework of the working party's mandate.

Two sets of recommendations to the NDC were drafted. The first concerns tasks to be carried out by the WPNE on a continuous basis. The second set of recommendations identifies key economic issues that could be incorporated into the NDC programme of work, such as the cost-effectiveness of nuclear energy in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of construction costs on the economics of nuclear energy. In the NDC's 2015-2016 Programme of Work the WPNE has two major projects: The Full Costs of Electricity Provision and Dealing with System Costs in Decarbonizing Electricity Systems. Its most recent workshop on was held on 20 January 2016 at OECD headquarters in Paris on the The Full Costs of Electricity Provision.


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