Michael Taylor is a senior energy analyst at IRENA with 20 years’ experience in energy modeling, the economic analysis of energy sector issues and energy policy development. Michael is responsible for IRENA’s analysis of renewable technologies cost and performance, which started with power generation and transport, and will soon cover stationary applications. Prior to working with IRENA Michael worked at the IEA in the Economic Analysis Division on the World Energy Outlook (WEO) and in the Energy Technology Policy Division where he was responsible for leading the divisions’ modeling and analysis of the buildings sector, including the development of IEA roadmaps for the buildings sector. He was one of the lead authors of the IEAs groundbreaking Energy Technology Perspectives: Scenarios and Strategies to 2050 series of publications. Michael is the author of IRENA’s Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014 released in January 2015, which draws on IRENA’s world-class database of over 15 000 utility-scale projects and 750 000+ small-scale solar PV systems. Michael has contributed to numerous other publications that focus on the energy sector and the economic and environmental challenges it faces.