Nuclear Power is Clean, Safe, and Reliable… But Can It Be Competitive?

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven experience reveals many of these cost reductions to be implementable within 180 days and to possess similar payback periods. For over 30 years, U.S. nuclear plants provided clean, safe and reliable electricity.

A Refresher on Payback Method

Harvard Business Review

There are a variety of ways to calculate a return on investment (ROI) — net present value , internal rate of return , breakeven — but the simplest is payback period. What is payback period? ” The shorter the payback period, the better.

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An HBR Refresher on Breakeven Quantity

Harvard Business Review

“It’s one of the more popular ways that managers calculate marketing ROI,” says Avery, pointing out that other common ones include calculating the investment payback period, calculating an internal rate of return, and using net present value analysis.

How to Better Manage Your Company’s Utility Bills

Harvard Business Review

This process, known as “ retrocommissioning ” often does not require any capital outlays and can have a simple payback under two years. In our experience, well-designed retrofits can deliver 20%-50% energy savings with fast payback periods.

An Inside View of How LVMH Makes Luxury More Sustainable

Harvard Business Review

Charles Gibb, Belvedere’s CEO, says it made a strategic choice to invest in this project, even though it had a longer payback period than normal. As Gibb puts it, “If you’re not thinking about the brand over a 10-year period, you’re not doing your job.”

How GE Stays Young

Harvard Business Review

People in finance at GE, typically focused on return on investment and payback periods, love FastWorks because they get a better throughput of ideas. GE is an icon of management best practices. Under CEO Jack Welch in the 1980s and 1990s, they adopted operational efficiency approaches (“ Workout ,” “Six Sigma,” and “Lean”) that reinforced their success and that many companies emulated.

Obama Gave a Monumental Climate Change Speech, But It's Still Not Enough

Harvard Business Review

Still, if you''re dependent on coal-powered energy — or your value chain is — it''s time to rethink your energy strategy and reconsider the payback periods on clean energy investments.

Accelerating Customer Adoption at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Harvard Business Review

For example, the drip irrigation we sell has an average six-month payback period. Groundbreaking solutions often never reach scale.

Walmart Broadens ROI for Green Power

Harvard Business Review

For example] the longer term payback on solar helps us get to scale down the road.". Of course, investing in projects with a hard-to-measure payback — such as a new marketing campaign or entry into new geographic or customer markets — is a normal part of business strategy. When it comes to green projects, this narrowly-defined measure of "payback" is particularly destructive.