Towards increased policy relevance in energy modeling

TitleTowards increased policy relevance in energy modeling
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsWorrell, Ernst, Stephan Ramesohl, Gale Boyd
Conference NameACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry 2003, 7/29/2003
Date Published7/2003
Call NumberLBNL-52773
Keywordsindustrial energy analysis, modeling energy futures, policy

Historically, most energy models were reasonably equipped to assess the impact of a subsidy or change in taxation, but are often insufficient to assess the impact of more innovative policy instruments. We evaluate the models used to assess future energy use, focusing on industrial energy use. We explore approaches to engineering-economic analysis that could help improve the realism and policy relevance of engineering-economic modeling frameworks. We also explore solutions to strengthen the policy usefulness of engineering economic analysis that can be built from a framework of multi-disciplinary cooperation. We focus on the so-called 'engineering-economic' (or 'bottom-up') models, as they include the amount of detail that is commonly needed to model policy scenarios. We identify research priorities for the modeling framework, technology representation in models, policy evaluation, and modeling of decision-making behavior.

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