The costs of failure: a preliminary assessment of major energy accidents, 1907-2007

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2008) The costs of failure: a preliminary assessment of major energy accidents, 1907-2007. Energy Policy, 36 (5). pp. 1802-1820. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

A combination of technical complexity, tight coupling, speed, and human fallibility contribute to the unexpected failure of large-scale energy technologies. This study offers a preliminary assessment of the social and economic costs of major energy accidents from 1907 to 2007. It documents 279 incidents that have been responsible for $41 billion in property damage and 182,156 deaths. Such disasters highlight an often-ignored negative externality to energy production and use, and emphasize the need for further research.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 10:40
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 09:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58133
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