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Friday, February 19

  1. msg Motivating questions message posted Motivating questions And such a chapter can also put energy systems models in the broader context - CGE, (macro) econome…
    Motivating questions
    And such a chapter can also put energy systems models in the broader context - CGE, (macro) econometric, sectoral simulation, agent based etc. There are a bunch of review articles on this that can be mined.
    10:26 am
  2. msg Topic 1: Questions that OSeMOSYS should be able to answer message posted Topic 1: Questions that OSeMOSYS should be able to answer And Mark's answer to Morgan: Dear Morgan (et al), Many thanks for the most useful note and id…
    Topic 1: Questions that OSeMOSYS should be able to answer
    And Mark's answer to Morgan:

    Dear Morgan (et al),

    Many thanks for the most useful note and ideas. I think that here we have one big advantage / opportunity in that we can set OSEMOSYS up so that it has the potential to do some sophisticated analysis and (with whatever sophistication is not needed) help power efforts aimed to meet general policy needs, if you like. OSEMOSYS is not wedded to an interface. With it in mind that we can piece together blocks of OSEMOSYS together so that - and as will be demo'ed with LEAP - it can help add functionality to a tool which has (amongst other things) an outstanding interface. And could be set up to answer some of the standard type questions. If we set this up right we can have some level of independence allowing a range of (1) research orientated (and often policy focused) efforts - with only secondary attention aimed at ease of use/communication/etc and (2) general policy type analysis at different levels and for different audiences where general questions and a clear interface with the policy maker is essential.
    10:15 am
  3. msg Topic 1: Questions that OSeMOSYS should be able to answer message posted Topic 1: Questions that OSeMOSYS should be able to answer Copy of email from Morgan Bazilian (UNIDO) hi, sorry that i did not sign up and do this onlin…
    Topic 1: Questions that OSeMOSYS should be able to answer
    Copy of email from Morgan Bazilian (UNIDO)

    hi,

    sorry that i did not sign up and do this online, but a couple general comments for your very useful work.

    1. there was something very powerful about what charlie did with leap, namely the focus on the gui rather than initially on the algorithms.
    2. the structure was also set up for simplified energy balances that many countries do for the iea or eurostat or national stats in general as you know. this was not insignificant and very useful from a capacity development perspective. not only for the nascent modeller, but for identifying gaps (and errors!) in national stats.
    3. so in moving to a partial equilibrium optimisation model, the sort of simplicity you can get depends of course on the type of objective function, amount of constraints and how you describe them mathematically. and how you allow for more or less of them.
    4. ok course ideally you want endogenous learning and stochastic stuff, and fancier math than simple linear programming, but i am not sure that is the first goal of something like this (depending on the audience yu want to reach).
    5. the code being open is great. but i think even in the actuall code i would go to great lengths to comment it a lot. also sometimes it is nice to do a simple version of some of the assumptions and paramters just in excel (like nordhaus did with his model).
    6. also, what charlie started to do (i am not sure where it is now) of setting up typical policy scenarios that can be run easily by users is a great idea. in other words can you create a set of constraints that look like taxes, feed-in, accelerated deprecition, etc as a tool box of some kind that can be used as users like?
    7. of course i think adding some areas where risk/portfolio work can be done would be great. this is not so difficult mathematically, and some link to monet carlo stuff is always nice. but i am not sure if it needs to be central to this model.
    8. essentially if people can sit down over a week and load simple national data in, get some optimised results and be guided about what is exogenous and what is endogenous that would be great.
    9. how to link the economic parts to financial parts might be interesting to address. in other words how do you link some of this to retscreen type work? (that ight be a stupid comment).

    anyway, it is a great project and i wish you well with it and will help if i can, but i reckon you guys are the ones who know this stuff best.
    10:13 am
  4. msg Topic 6: Oxford meeting logistics message posted Topic 6: Oxford meeting logistics Joe, We are in the AV room on the first floor (second floor if you are American!). But there will b…
    Topic 6: Oxford meeting logistics
    Joe, We are in the AV room on the first floor (second floor if you are American!). But there will be a UKERC registration desk as you come in
    10:06 am
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Thursday, February 18

  1. msg Topic 2: Initial suggestions for the "Lego architecture" message posted Topic 2: Initial suggestions for the "Lego architecture" A related consideration is how users will interact with the model. Will it involve direct modificat…
    Topic 2: Initial suggestions for the "Lego architecture"
    A related consideration is how users will interact with the model. Will it involve direct modification of Mathprog code to create scenario-specific constraints, or perhaps a front end that allows the data to be entered in a spreadsheet or table?
    6:31 pm
  2. msg Topic 6: Oxford meeting logistics message posted Topic 6: Oxford meeting logistics The University Club looks like a big place -- do we have a particular room assignment?
    Topic 6: Oxford meeting logistics
    The University Club looks like a big place -- do we have a particular room assignment?
    6:26 pm
  3. msg Motivating questions message posted Motivating questions A suggestion: the first chapter should motivate the use of energy system models: 1. Why are they w…
    Motivating questions
    A suggestion: the first chapter should motivate the use of energy system models:
    1. Why are they worth the time and effort to build and run?
    2. What types of questions can they answer?
    3. How have they been put to good use in the past?
    6:15 pm

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