Economics of Competing Energy Technologies


Stanford School of Engineering

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While the debate over global warming continues, there’s increasing recognition around the world of the need 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. Learn how to evaluate alternative technologies that have vastly different developmental and ongoing costs. Evaluate public policy instruments including taxes, regulations, and incentives and learn how they can influence outcomes. Study real-world examples of alternative energies and the financial models that can be used to assess results. Explore the potential for future cost reductions through technological improvements.

What you will learn

  • How to assess the cost of competitiveness of different energy technologies
  • How to determine the revenue required for an investment to break even
  • Which carbon reduction strategies can be effective
  • The role of public policy in sustaining new technologies
  • A portfolio approach to low carbon emissions


Topics include

  • Levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) calculations
  • The impact of regulations and tax subsidies
  • The financial risks and benefits of various technologies
  • Biofuels & solar case studies
  • Intermittency and time of day pricing


  • $249 per online course


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Course Access
60 day access to the online course starts upon payment. The end date of a section of this course does not restrict your access to the course material.

Course Materials
Course materials are available for download from the online videos page. All materials are available for printing and review upon enrollment.

Final Exam
Online participants are asked to complete a final exam at the end of each course to maintain the integrity of the program. A score of 85% must be achieved to successfully pass the exam. A digital record of completion will be emailed to participants when they pass the exam.

Course Evaluation
It is required that participants complete the course evaluation once they have passed the final exam.