The EconExpert Financial Modeling Suite

Competitive Energy Insight, Inc. (CEI) has developed a suite of mature and highly advanced software products for the analysis of investments in independent power, public or private utility, renewable energy, fossil, combined heat and power and commodity product applications. These models are proven, accurate and audited applied to many billions of dollars of closed transactions.  CEI licenses these models for your direct use, and uses them broadly in our project development consulting practice serving as a bench to support your in-house team. All of the EconExpert®  models are Excel-based, making them completely customizable and auditable, adding all of the features of Excel to EconExpert’s powerful automated architecture. 



The Models

  1. EconExpert-WIND. An economic and financial analysis tool for wind farm projects that sell wholesale energy.   Features include analysis of wind production profiles, full Monte Carlo wind profile simulations, sophisticated sensitivity analyses, full leveraged and unleveraged analysis and partnership structuring. 
  2. EconExpert-PV. An economic and financial analysis tool for solar projects, with the same features and functionality as EconExpert-WIND
  3. EconExpert-EP (Electric Power).  An economic and financial analysis tool for wholesale thermal power plants including solar thermal, biofuel, landfill gas, fossil and other thermal-based electric power projects.   
  4. EconExpert-DG for CHP (Distributed Generation). An economic and financial analysis tool for distributed generation / behind-the-meter Combined Heat and Power applications.  These typically involve combined heat and power, electric utility tariff analysis and energy savings applications where the economic scenario is driven by savings that a host can achieve through the on-site generation of power as opposed to purchasing power from the utility. 
  5. EconExpert-DG for PV (Distributed Generation)  specifically tailored for photovoltaic applications for PV distributed generation / behind-the-meter applications.  These typically involve applications like rooftop-PV where it is necessary to understand electric utility tariffs and the economics of self-generation. 
  6. EconExpert-Partnerships is an Excel-based investment analysis tool that integrates with any energy project financial model (including your own in-house developed models and with the full suite of EconExpert Financial models) to analyze the economics and individual Partner returns associated with limited Partnerships.
  7. EconExpert Leasing is for advanced leases including Sale Leasebacks and Variable Payment Leases.  EconExpert Leasing allows you to evaluate Lessor and Lease returns under operating leases and leveraged leases including an automated optimizer to set up of prepay and payments scheduled to Lease Coverage Ratios.      
  8. EconExpert-MAESTRO Electronic Databook.   This is a unique and highly automated master controller for our models.  The EconExpert-MAESTRO Electronic Databook supports the integrated analysis of multiple scenarios tied to a single or multiple EconExpert spreadsheets.  With this tool users can easily manage multiple cases and can perform advanced tasks like automated comparisons of results and aggregation of projects (portfolio analysis) into consolidated income statements and balance sheets. 


  • The EconExpert models feature complete flexibility to model any transaction from the perspective of any stakeholder in the transaction, complemented by techniques to model alternative debt/equity structures, partnerships, leases, custom contracts and virtually all other project / business models.
  • Standardization. All of your financial analysis work can be performed in a consistent, understandable and reproducible platform. You will no longer need to worry about the “Legacy Effect” which can result in changes to one project model getting accidentally carried forward into other analyses. With EconExpert, all of your customized analyses are driven though straight forward input sheets.
  • Completely Auditable.  EconExpert includes a common sense formula auditing tool that makes it easy for you to track, trace and understand every calculation in the model.
  • Applicable Over the Full Business Cycle. The models are easily adapted to everything from quick screening to detailed transaction modeling in “bank-quality” format.
  • Wizard and Menu Driven. The EconExpert models are equipped with menus and wizards that assist the user in setting up analyses and providing clear reports.
  • Automated Sensitivities. Included in each model is a suite of automated sensitivity analyses ranging from investment, operations and financing analyses, to asset valuation, forward electric and gas prices, fuel hedging, and contract mechanism risk analyses, allowing the user to gain a thorough understanding of a project's risk profile and to properly structure win-win agreements to manage those risks. Automated case comparison can be used to provide a clear understanding of how multiple changes in costs, performance or deal structure will specifically impact project economics.
  • Presentation Quality Graphics. These support the simple communication of results to your peers, your management, your partners and your customers.


















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