The comparison of steam power plant with hydroelectric power plant is given in the following table.
|Points||Steam Power plant||Hydroelectric Power plant|
|1. Initial cost per kW in ₹||Initial cost is lower than those of hydroelectric & nuclear power plant (1000 to 1500).||Initial cost is very high because of dam construction & excavation work (1500 to 4000).|
|2. Running cost||Higher than hydroelectric & nuclear plant because of the requirement of the huge amount of coal.||Practically Nil since no fuel is required.|
|3. Cost of fuel transportation||Maximum because of the huge amount of coal is transported to the plant site.||Nil|
|4. Maintenance cost||Quite high as a skilled operating staff is required.||Quite low|
|5. Transmission & distribution cost||Quite low as these are generally located near the load centres.||Quite high as those are located quite away from the load centres.|
|6. Fixed cost per annum (interest) on capital||13%||10%|