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Economics of Competing Energy Technologies

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Course Description

While the debate over global warming continues, there's increasing recognition around the world to reduce our collective carbon footprint. Yet disagreement remains over the benefits of renewable energies versus traditional sources like coal, natural gas and oil. Business leaders, policy makers and the general public generally seek lower carbon energy sources but struggle to accurately determine their cost effectiveness.

This course will examine the economics of competing power sources from an investor perspective, evaluating alternative technologies that have vastly different developmental and ongoing costs.

You Will Learn

  • Competitive costs of different energy technologies
  • Financial models to determine revenue generated from investments
  • Carbon reduction strategies and their effectiveness
  • New technologies and how public policy sustains them
  • Portfolio approaches to low carbon emissions


Stefan Reichelstein, William R. Timken Professor of Accounting, Graduate School of Business, Stanford

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