Standard categories of analysis – including capacity factor, fuel cost, subsidy, water use, regulatory exposure – allowed apples-to-apples comparisons. (Documents were vetted by: generation and transmission owners, and Department of Energy to ensure that they were accurate and unbiased.)
Each topic was treated in back-to-back sessions:
Small groups of diverse stakeholders considered the challenges and merits amongst themselves. With neutral facilitation, they crafted questions for expert panelists.
Stakeholders returned to a plenary session to pose their questions to experts.
After four such sessions, having considered voluminous information and diverse opinions, stakeholders were surveyed to determine:
Based on the survey results, stakeholders gathered in peer groups where they brainstormed how to move forward including: