Framework for Evaluating the Total Value Proposition of Clean Energy Technologies

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    Conventional valuation techniques fail to include many of the financial advantages of clean energy technologies. By omitting benefits associated with risk management, emissions reductions, policy incentives, resource use, corporate social responsibility, and societal economic benefits, investors and firms sacrifice opportunities for new revenue streams and avoided costs. In an effort to identifysome of these externalities, this analysis develops a total value proposition for clean energy technologies. It incorporates a series of values under each of the above categories, describing the opportunities for recapturing investments throughout the value chain. The framework may be used to create comparable value propositions for clean energy technologies supporting investment decisions,project siting, and marketing strategies. It can also be useful in policy-making decisions.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages83
    StatePublished - 2006

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-620-38597


    • analysis
    • clean energy technologies
    • corporate social responsibility
    • emissions reductions
    • financial incentives
    • policy incentives
    • production tax credit
    • reduced resource use
    • renewable energy certificates
    • renewable portfolio standard
    • risk management
    • societal economic benefits
    • system benefits funds
    • total value proposition


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