Every atomic power plant has it’s own production price.
Operators / concerns sell their atomic power as expensive as possible.
For the electricity price the offerer is responsible, this means who can sell his electricity at the stock for the highest price. All other offeres oritentate by that, they even sell the cheapest electricity with this highest possible price.
So they make money. Take Germany’s E.ON for example:
E.ONs concern surplus 2007: 7,000,000,000 EUROs of money. This is 1,600,000,000 EUROs of money more than in 2006.
Atomic power is needed to hold electricity prices down? How’s that possible?
Every concern which operates atomic power plants has to hold back money for the renaturation of old atomic power plants. Other atomic power countries put this money in safe “layback-fonds”.
But in Germany this money stays in the concerns (!). This is a cheap financing source for the ongoing business. When a company goes on the rocks, the society pays for the radiative waste disposal.
The production price for atomic power electricity does not reflect the riscs and costs. Atomic power plants can’t amortise. And most atomic power plants in Germany can be described as written off. The high costs for the construction were subsidised – these subsidies were already taken in. So, old atomic power plants are indeed money printers.