Costs and benefits of saving unprofitable generators: A simulation case study for US coal and nuclear power plants
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Highlights•As modeled, rule delays retirement of 25 GW of coal and 21 GW of nuclear capacity.•Over 25 years, higher SO2 and NOX emissions cause 27,000 premature deaths in the US.•Electricity consumer loss is $72 billion while generator profit gain is $28 billion.•Total net cost is $263 billion, of which $217 billion are environmental damages.•Preventing the retirement of only nuclear generators produces positive net benefits.

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