From greenhorns to green gurus, the “insiders” vernacular of lifecycle cost analysis and power project finance is becoming more popular. The levelized cost of energy (LCOE) measurement is a useful and influential – though sometimes misunderstood – tool.
A more rigorous look at the potential of LCOE for policy and market decision-making reveals a powerful device for better intelligence, and a framework for standardization and scale. The possibilities are myriad in scope. However, usability and expert usage of LCOE requires a broader discussion of its legacy and conventional applications, some consensus about its constituent parts, and reliability of data inputs and outputs. These concepts pull us uncomfortably away from dollar yield and per watt methods. In order to use them effectively, old questions must be asked in new ways. The panelists will seek to provide the answers.
Austin Brown - National Renewable Energy Labratory
Chris Cameron - Sandia National Laboratory
Kenneth Ditzel - Charles River Associates (invited)
Mark Culpepper - CTO, Sun Edison
Ramamoorthy Ramesh - DOE, SunShot Initiative
Chris Robine - CEO, SPG
Richard Caperton - Senior Policy Analyst, CAP
Alfonso Velosa - Gartner Media Research
Ken Zweibel - GWU Solar Institute
Brett Prior (moderator) - Greentech Media Research
Founder, Standard Solar
Former Director of Central Intelligence, Venture Partner, VPVP
Dr. Jeffrey Leonard
President and CEO, Global Environment Fund
Founder, Prometheus Institute
Vice President, T. Rowe Price Associates
CEO, Carbon War Room
Head of Energy Future Colition, Vice President, UN Foundation
Dr. Charles Ebinger
Director of the Energy Security Initiative, Brookings Institution
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