Model for Electricity Technology Assessment (META)

The Model for Electricity Technology Assessment (META) facilitates the comparative assessment of the economic costs of more than 50 electricity generation and delivery technologies, including conventional generation options (thermal, hydroelectric, etc.), nonconventional options (renewables), and emerging options such as power storage and carbon capture and storage (CCS). META has an option for incorporating the costs associated with externalities in power generation such as local pollution and Greenhouse Gas emissions. The META model can also be used to undertake uncertainty analysis for selected key inputs. Users have the option of customizing the data for new countries by entering detailed input data directly into model and for as many parameters as they consider necessary. META is populated with default performance data and cost data from India, Romania, and the USA. Users have the options of customizing data for new countries.

Region: Global
Sectors and Topics: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy
Scale: Project-Level
Expertise Level: Practitioner
Resource Type: Analysis Tools
Guidance: The META Tool along with a Guide and User Manual can be downloaded from the ESMAP website. Technical and operational support is available from ESMAP for teams interested in using META. For more information, please contact
Inputs Needed: Generation type Cost of externalities in power generation
Outputs Provided: Performance and cost estimates for more than 50 power generation technologies Estimations of costs of environmental externalities from emissions of CO2, SO2, NOx, and particulate matter
Languages: English
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