No. I’m complaining that the lifespan estimate used in those LCOE calculations was significantly shorter than the design lifespans of real world nuclear power plants, thus throwing off the results. Those real world design lifespans potentially also being underestimates is something I’m happy to ignore for the moment.
Even if nuclear power is uneconomical now, which I’m not remotely convinced of as per above, then using that as justification to keep it banned is both unnecessary and a self fulfilling prophecy.
Unnecessary, because if it’s uneconomical it won’t be built.
Self fulfilling, because if you keep nuclear banned then there is no room for improvement. Not even the low hanging fruit of prototypes from the 60s that were killed for political reasons. So regardless of whether nuclear is or isn’t economical it certainly won’t be after a few more decades of that sort of thing.
Not sure why you’re insisting on public ownership either. That’s what regulations were invented for, and centralised electricity production will always be a heavily regulated market in a country the size of Australia (if the government is doing its job properly) anyway.
Have a datapoint. Alice Springs, population 28000, and thus probably fitting most peoples’ definition of a medium sized country town, peaks at around 55MW.
(Not that nuclear should be used there. Alice Springs is one of the most appropriate places in the country to run entirely on solar.)