Various power generation and fuel technologies are evaluated based upon the following metrics:

  • Capital Cost
  • Operating Cost
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Emissions
  • Reliability
  • Lead/Lag Time
  • Life Time

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach provides an excellent method for characterizing the interdependencies between energy resources (coal, biomass, crude oil, etc) and energy carriers (electricity, ethanol, gasoline, etc).