Average North America power-plant asset value is at $725/kW.1 Compared with our winter 2005-2006 analysis, this figure has barely changed; however, we have seen significant value...
service. Therefore, investors are neutral from a net present value perspective between receiving the return of their capital more quickly, through higher depreciation charges, or receiving the return of their capital over a longer time period. As long as the net present value discount rate equals the investor's cost of capital, from a net present value perspective, the depreciation rates used by the Company are irrelevant."
I trust that the explanation provided will shed light on the depreciation process, but not be misconstrued as a criticism of Dr. Beecher's and Dr. Mann's very informative and sound article.
William C. Schaffer
Public Utility Analyst
Delaware Public Service Commission
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