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    This article was copied from SC4ever.com. This article originally created by IonWind.

    What powerplant should be used to power the city? That's one of the most important questions in all SimCities, and answer to that question is even more in SimCity 4, where. Powerplants play bigger part in balancing the city budget.

    Well, I've been studying powerplants for a week and these results may not be the best of all, but these should prove something while trying to find the most efficient power source. It was pretty hard to get this following data because those powerplants' life depends on that how big percentage of their capacity is used; For example, a powerplant which usage is 84%, lives longer than a plant which usage is 98%, so I got the following numbers by setting plants' usage to 100%, which means that the numbers are the minimal age. I consider the "age" as the time that takes for a certain powerplant's condition to drop from 100% to 65%, with 100% usage.

    Wind 50 50 65 15
    Gas 38 400 535 135
    Coal 38 250 335 85
    Oil 35 600 800 200
    Solar 50 1000 1350 350
    Nuclear 30 1000 4000 3000
    Hydrogen 25 10000 13530 3530
      air pollution water pollution
    Wind - -
    Gas 5 5
    Coal 16 9
    Oil 12 6
    Solar - -
    Nuclear - 4
    Hydrogen - -

    That pollution numbers are measured at a totally empty middle-sized city, and all numbers above aren't accurate. As you can see, for example, monthly cost for a wind powerplant raises in fifty years only 15 simoleons, while hydrogen plant's monthly cost raises 3530 simoleons in 25 years... Hope someone can put these numbers in good use.

    Thank you.

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