‘Nature is an expert in cost-benefit analysis,’ she says. ‘Although she does her accounting a little differently. As for debts, she always collects in the long run.’
— Margaret Atwood

An earlier article in this series — Evaluating Benefits of Energy Options showed that a second step in a decision-making process for adopting a renewable energy option might look decision-makers evaluating benefits of energy options available for adoption. In this article, I’m going to show how anyone can evaluate the economic benefits of any energy option.

An energy option might be said to deliver economic benefits to the extent…


As the future is never known with certainty, evaluation of the prospective benefits requires the formation of expectations
As the future is never known with certainty, evaluation of the prospective benefits requires the formation of expectations

As the future is never known with certainty, the evaluation of the prospective benefits requires the formation of expectations.
— Dale Mortensen

An earlier article in this series — How to Evaluate Benefits Delivered by an Energy Optionshowed that a second step in a decision-making process for adopting a renewable energy option might look like decision-makers evaluating benefits of energy options available for adoption. In this article, I’m going to show you a first-ever method for evaluating performance benefits of an energy option.

An energy option might be said to deliver performance benefits to the extent that the…


The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination. — John Schaar

The preceding article in this series — How You Can Reverse Global Warmingshows how millions of years of evolution have hard-wired your brain:

· to ask right questions

· to make decisions based on pre-existing answers revealed by those right questions, and

· to take swift action on those decisions by engaging people in conversations and inviting them to…


The minute you do what you really want to do, it’s really a different kind of life — R. Buckminster Fuller
The minute you do what you really want to do, it’s really a different kind of life — R. Buckminster Fuller

The minute you do what you really want to do, it’s really a different kind of life. — R. Buckminster Fuller

The preceding article in this series — Unlimited Upside of a Decision-making Process for Reversing Global Warming showed that an exponential upward trajectory of a decision-making process for reversing global warming might look like this:


Optionality is the property of asymmetric upside (preferably unlimited) with … limited downside (preferably tiny).
Optionality is the property of asymmetric upside (preferably unlimited) with … limited downside (preferably tiny).

Optionality is the property of asymmetric upside (preferably unlimited) with correspondingly limited downside (preferably tiny).
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The preceding article in this series — What Swiftly Achieving 100% Renewable Energy Might Look Likeshowed that a breakthrough decision-making process for exponentially adopting carbon-reducing energy options, swiftly achieving a “moon-shot” goal of 100% renewable energy and reversing global warming might look like this:


Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is due to the triumph of enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is due to the triumph of enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is due to the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

An earlier article in this series — Asking the Right Questions to Swiftly Achieve 100% Renewable Energy showed what four right questions might look like for swiftly achieving 100% renewable energy.

A preceding article in this series — What Achieving 100% Renewable Energy Might Look Like showed that the fourth of those right questions — “What might swiftly achieving 100% renewable energy look like?” — might be re-stated as:


Planning is about bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it now. — Alan Lakein
Planning is about bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it now. — Alan Lakein
photo courtesy of Alan Lakein

Planning is about bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it now. — Alan Lakein

An earlier article in this series — What a Decision-making Process for Achieving 100% Renewable Energy Might Look Likeshowed that a fourth step in a decision-making process for adopting a renewable energy option might look decision-makers persuading themselves what energy options they want to adopt to deliver greatest benefits for energy service users.

Decision-makers persuading themselves what energy options they want to adopt might look like decision-makers creating a decision-making process — for achieving 100% renewable energy — that looks like this:

First, decision-makers might think of a decision-making process that looks like this:

1) decision-makers identify energy…


Comparing and contrasting is a valuable human skill — and not just during high school English exams. Our ability to rank-order things is invaluable in making choices and setting priorities. — Martha Beck

An earlier article in this series — What a Decision-making Process for Achieving 100% Renewable Energy Might Look Likeshowed that a third step in a decision-making process for adopting a renewable energy option might look decision-makers comparing benefits of energy options available for adoption.

The most recent article in this series — How to Evaluate Benefits Delivered by an Energy Optionshowed how anyone…


As the future is never known with certainty, evaluation of the prospective benefits requires the formation of expectations
As the future is never known with certainty, evaluation of the prospective benefits requires the formation of expectations

As the future is never known with certainty, the evaluation of the prospective benefits requires the formation of expectations.
— Dale Mortensen

An earlier article in this series — What a Decision-making Process for Achieving 100% Renewable Energy Might Look Like showed that a second step in a decision-making process for adopting a renewable energy option might look decision-makers evaluating benefits of energy options available for adoption.

An energy option might be thought of as a bundle of benefits that the energy option delivers to a user of the energy service provided by the energy option. …


Optionality is the property of asymmetric upside (preferably unlimited) with … limited downside (preferably tiny).
Optionality is the property of asymmetric upside (preferably unlimited) with … limited downside (preferably tiny).
Photo by Sarah Josephine Taleb

Options, any options, by allowing you more upside than downside, are vectors of antifragility. — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The preceding article in this series — What a Decision-making Process for Achieving 100% Renewable Energy Might Look Like showed that a first step in a decision-making process for adopting a renewable energy option might look like decision-makers identifying energy options available for adoption.

Identifying energy options available to decision-makers might look like this:

Energy options might be divided into 2 categories — energy options for stationary (electric power and heating & cooling) uses, and energy options for mobile (transportation) uses…

Erik Kvam

Author of You Can Reverse Global Warming. You can get a complimentary advance copy by going to https://www.erikkvam.com/you-can-reverse-gw/

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