The transition to a clean energy economy is well on its way. But it is far from clear that the world’s economies will complete this transition in the time left to address the problem of carbon emissions and climate change. Business leaders, policy makers and the general public generally seek a lower carbon footprint but struggle to agree on a timely and cost effective pathway to decarbonization.
This course examines the economics of competing energy resources from the perspective of corporate investors and households who will adopt clean energy solutions only if it is in their self-interest. Learn how to compare alternative energy systems that require vastly different capital expenditures and ongoing operating costs. Evaluate the role of public policy instruments including taxes, regulations, and incentives in accelerating the transition away from traditional fossil fuels. Real-world case studies illustrate the issues faced by decision makers.
You will also gain access to exclusive energy calculators, such as:
- Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) - Identifies the lifecycle cost of a unit of electricity for different technologies, locations, and market segments within the United States.
- Levelized Cost of Miles Driven (LCOMD) - Identify and compare the performance, battery capacity, rebates, and mileage costs between various electric vehicle manufacturers (Toyota, BMW, Ford, VW, Nissan, Chevy, Kia and Hyundai)
You Will Learn
- Role of markets and public policy in addressing the problem of carbon emissions
- How to assess the cost of competitiveness of different energy technologies today and the prospects for future cost reductions
- How renewable energy compares to fossil fuels in terms of cost
- Organizational changes in the electricity sector
- The emergence of cost effective energy storage
- Electrification of vehicles
- The potential of carbon dioxide to become a resource in the future
- Stefan Reichelstein William R. Timken Professor of Accounting, Graduate School of Business
- Carbon emissions and public policy
- Cost analysis for energy projects
- Comparing the cost of alternative energy sources
- Changing business model of utilities
- Energy storage
- Sustainable transportation
This course is approximately 4.5 hours of video content with 1.5 hours of coursework.
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