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The Option Value of Investments in Energy-Efficient and Renewable Energy Technologies

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  • Gerd Nicodemus

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    (Department of Economics of the Duesseldorf University of Applied Sciences)

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    This paper takes up the need to engage in substantial investments in the energy producing capital stock to attack the climate change problem, caused by rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere. However, the precise magnitudes of economic impacts of global warming as well as abatement and mitigation costs of climate change are not known and may be learned after time. Thus preferences to restrict or to loosen environmental objectives and related emission levels might change and are reflected in an uncertain “price” for environmental usage (e.g. emission tax, marketable permits). As a consequence investors face some uncertainty and need to take the option value of their investments in the energy producing capital stock into account and tend to delay their investment. Considering long usage periods and indivisibilities of power production investments adequate environmental policy has to be designed in a way to reduce uncertainty for investors.

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    Paper provided by Duesseldorf University of Applied Sciences in its series Duesseldorf Working Papers in Applied Management and Economics with number fobe13.

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    Length: 24 pages
    Date of creation: Nov 2010
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    Publication status: Published in Forschungsberichte des Fachbereichs Wirtschaft der Fachhochschule Duesseldorf ; 2010,13 ; ISSN 1866-2722
    Handle: RePEc:ddf:wpaper:fobe13

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    Keywords: Climate Change; Option Value; Investment Uncertainty; Renewable Energy; Klimawandel; Optionswerte; Investitionsunsicherheit; Erneuerbare Energien;

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