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Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Model Platform

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Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Model Platform

  1. 1. DecisionWare Group LLC Policy Analysis for Energy, Economy and Environment INTRODUCTION TO THE VEDA TIMES-STARTER PLATFORM Presented by Gary Goldstein June 17, 2018 Gothenburg, Sweden
  2. 2. TIMES-Starter Platform Basic Concept • IEA-ETSAP has supported this innovative approach to developing new national or regional energy systems models resulting in significantly less development time and cost, and with improved model quality • TIMES-Starter is a fully assembled, full-sector energy systems model ready to be customized to a particular national or regional energy system • It comes equipped with a high-quality, peer-reviewed technology characterization database sourced from USDOE, USEPA, and others that can be customized to the country situation. • It employs best modeling practices and strong naming conventions to improve understandability and minimize errors. • Includes results handling tools to improve analysis of model results and dissemination to decision-makers. Initial uses of the ANSWER-based TIMES-Starter were for the PMR in Turkey, the IEA ETP team working with China ERI to implement TIMES- China model, and Costa Rica with support from the World Bank to assist with Assessing Climate Mitigation Pathways to Support INDC Implementation. 2 Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  3. 3. TIMES-Starter Model Management Platform • Data is assembled in “linked” Excel workbooks • Managed by VEDA-FE • Submitted to TIMES (GAMS) • Post- processed by VEDA-BE • Analyzed via the Analytics graphing workbook 3 Existing Technology Stock New Technology Options Demand Projection Base Year Energy Balance & Load Curve Reference Scenario Guidance Results Analysis Workbook Base Year Calibration Check Policy Scenarios Model Management Interface VEDA-BE Results Management TIMES (GAMS) Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  4. 4. Adapting the TIMES-Starter Model 1. Enter the base year energy balance and sector decomposition of fuel usage 2. RES tailored (semi-automatically) by eliminating commodities not relevant (or add missing ones) 3. Adjust the timeslices (setup with 4-seasons, 3 time-of-days) and shape the load curve 4. Provide prices for primary energy resources not found in the US9rT database 5. Run and refine the base year calibration 6. Adjust the demand drivers 7. Pick the future technologies to be allowed, and adjust cost, efficiency and availability where necessary 8. Introduce all known planned new power plant and infrastructure builds 9. Introduce all physical limits on resources 10.Introduce all current policies 11.Adjust the Reference guidance mechanisms (rates of fuel switching, new technology penetration, and device type shares) 12.Run and refine the Reference scenario 13.Do any necessary adjustments to the VEDA-BE Sets & Tables (and Analytics workbook) for handling results 14.Tailor the standard policy scenarios provided and run 15.Refine model behavior 4 Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  5. 5. Data Assembly Templates Folder Organization 5 • VEDAVEDA_ModelsVT-Starter is the root folder for the various input templates and result workbooks o Energy Balance (EB) and LoadCalib are not loaded into VFE (nor is DependTable (not shown, see next slide)) o Base Year (BASE or BY) templates o VFE SysSettings and BY_Trans setup files • SubRES contains the new technologies (NTs); • SupplXLS contains the User Constraints (UCs), and Scenario files, and • ResultsXLS is where the Calibration, Policy Check and Run Results workbooks are found. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform VT-Starter SubRES_TMPL ResultsXLS SuppXLS
  6. 6. Data Assembly Templates Inter-dependencies 6 • The arrows show the dependency links between the workbooks, that is where a child (dependent) links to its parent (source). • In addition SysSettings VFE template needs to be updated if the time-slices are adjusted in the Load Calibration workbook. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform Existing Technology Stock & Calibration (BY) [VT_Starter_<sect>] New Technologies [SubRES_NT-<sect>] Demand Projection [VT_Starter_DEM] Base Year Energy Balance [EB_Starter-VT(2015)] Reference Guidance [Scen_UC-<sect>/90] Resource Supply [VT_Starter_SUP] Load Calibration [LoadCalibration- VTS]
  7. 7. Data Assembly Templates Dependency Table 7 Linked Child Templates Parent/GrandParent Template Dependent Data LoadCalibration_Simple EB_Starter-VT(2015) EB sector total electric consumption VT_Starter_COM/RSD electric consumption by DEM EB_Starter-VT(2015) LoadCalibration_Simple G_YRFR and COM_FR VT_Starter_SUP EB_Starter(2015) region, periods, $convert/unit, 1st year supply/com VT_Starter_AGR EB_Starter(2015) region, periods, $convert/unit, sector/desc, FEC/com, COM_FR VT_Starter_COM EB_Starter(2015) region, periods, $convert/unit, sector/desc, FEC/com, COM_FR VT_Starter_IND EB_Starter(2015) region, periods, $convert/unit, sector/desc, FEC/com, COM_FR VT_Starter_PP EB_Starter(2015) region, periods, $convert/unit, EB PP input/output com&level VT_Starter_RSD EB_Starter(2015) region, periods, $convert/unit, sector/desc, FEC/com, COM_FR VT_Starter_TRN EB_Starter(2015) region, periods, $convert/unit, sector/desc, FEC/com, COM_FR VT_Starter_DEM EB_Starter(2015) region, periods VT_Starter_AGR/COM/IND/RSD/TRN 1st period UED/dem SubRES_NT-AGR VT_Starter_AGR region, periods, $convert/unit, SETUP(com/prc_types) SubRES_NT-COM VT_Starter_COM region, periods, $convert/unit, SETUP(com/prc_types) SubRES_NT-IND VT_Starter_IND region, periods, $convert/unit, SETUP(com/prc_types) SubRES_NT-PP VT_Starter_PP region, periods, $convert/unit, SETUP(com/prc_types) SubRES_NT-RSD VT_Starter_RSD region, periods, $convert/unit, SETUP(com/prc_types) SubRES_NT-TRN VT_Starter_TRN region, periods, $convert/unit, SETUP(com/prc_types) Scen_UC-AGR/90 VT_Starter_AGR region, periods, 1st period UED by DMD Scen_UC-COM/90 VT_Starter_COM/SubRES_NT-COM region, periods, 1st period UED by DMD, name of HPs Scen_UC-IND VT_Starter_IND region, periods, 1st period UED by DMD Scen_UC-RSD/90 VT_Starter_RSD/SubRES_NT-RSD region, periods, 1st period UED by DMD, name of HPs Scen_UC-TRN/90 VT_Starter_TRN region, periods, 1st period UED by DMD Scen_<Alt-assumption> EB_Starter(2015) region, periods --- using VFE ~FillTab to grab exising data when needed Scen_Pol-<policy> VBE result tables (via copy/paste or UpdXLS) sector emission level / FEC TIMES-Starter Template Dependencies • These relationships are maintained in the Dependency Table workbook found in the VT-Starter folder. • When a parent is updated all the dependent children SHOULD be updated as well (though it may be the case that the actual change does not affect the linked data in a particular dependent workbook). Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  8. 8. Data Assembly Templates Workbook Organization 8 Worksheet Description SETUP Controls which commodities, process types, processes/devices are to be included in the model according to the EB and Calibration sheets. Mapping of EPA-US9rT/other commodity/process names to their TIMES-Starter equivalents, and grabbing of model periods, emission factors, USD price conversion factors from the Energy Balance workbook. EB Information for the Energy Balance workbook for the sector. [BYs only] Calibration The calculation sheet where the energy balance is apportioned and the initial year technology stock calculated for each sector. [BYs only] Commodities Energy carriers, emissions, materials are defined by their name, description, units and set memberships to be used in the rest of the sheets. These are controlled by the SETUP sheet in terms of inclusion in the current instance of the model, or not. Processes Process technologies are defined by their name, description, units and set memberships to be used in the rest of the sheets. These are in turn controlled by the SETUP sheet in terms of inclusion in the current instance of the model, or not. [BY only, as the NT (SubRES) templates have the declaration block on the same <sector> sheet as the data.] CommData A sheet with the data for commodities in the sector (mostly used for mapping sector emissions to overall emissions and providing demand levels and load timings. [BY and Demand templates only.] ProcData_<sect>, <sect> or <nature-of- the-data> One or more sheets with the data for all technologies in the sector. <sect> if only one sheet, and <Nature-of-the-data> if multiple sheets are used to refer to distinct power plant or vehicle types or specific industry subsectors. For the NT templates all process data must appear on a single load sheet with a name corresponding to the sector (<sect>). ProcData_XPRCs Processes that connect the upstream commodities with each of the other sectors. EPA/DEA/PIEM/EC currently Data sheets from the EPA-US9rT/Danish Energy Agency/Pak-IEM/Energy Community-EE databases (and perhaps other sources including but not limited to IEA, ETSAP eTech-DS, etc.) providing the source values for the technology options. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform UC-<sect> Data for the user-defined constraints that “guide” the rate of fuel switching, technology type choice, and advanced device/vehicle uptake.
  9. 9. National Energy Balance 9 The TIMES-Starter dynamically (re)configures, according to the entries in the energy balance, to include the necessary supply, and conversion processes and final energy commodities associated with each demand sector. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  10. 10. RES Component Naming Conventions 10 Strict adherence to the naming conventions ensures that the VBE Sets & Tables will remain correct and that the User Constraints will be properly formulated. Demand Sectors Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  11. 11. Starter RES Network: Gas Example 11 TIMES-Starter natural gas RES proceeds from multiple resource supply options, thru pipeline(s), to sector Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  12. 12. Establishing the Load Duration Curve 12 • Starts from the 8760 hour load curve • Setup for 12 timeslices, 4 seasons (months) and 3 daytime (hour blocks) • Timeslices may be adjusted, though with this (simple) workbook it is recommended to stay with 12 slices • ETSAP has a sophisticated timeslice calculation utility if more detailed preparation of the load curve is desired (see https://iea-etsap.org/index.php/etsap-projects) Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  13. 13. Modeling Periods & TimeSlices 13 VFE Milestone Years facility overseas setting the modeling periods, stored in SysSettings (which must align with those in the EB • TimeSlices are established in the LoadCalibration workbook, then moved into the EB_Starter for passing into the individual demand sector templates Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  14. 14. Data Assembly Templates Aligning Load & Source Data Sheets 14 TIMES-Starter technologies are aligned with their EPA equivalents via the Lookup Sheet/Technology pair, which are set up on the SETUP sheet Using the Row-1 attributes, a MATCH/VLOOKUP function is used to grab the source data, and applies convert $ and other unit conversions (e.g., miles to kilometers) to populate the ProcData load sheets Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  15. 15. Data Assembly Templates Energy Supply 15 • Energy supply is described in terms of imports and domestic options for which a price and optionally maximum annual and cumulative levels are provided. • TIMES-Starter “seeds” the 1st period levels directly from the EB and sets the last period limit based upon the growth ratio specified by the user on the SETUP sheets, • Prices are taken from the IEA World Outlook, with any user provided scalers or overrides applied. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  16. 16. Data Assembly Templates EB Sheet (for Power) 16 • Data is grabbed directly from the EB_Starter Energy Balance sheet for each of the main plant categories (e.g., coal-fired electricity generation, gas-fired CHP, etc.) • The Calibration tab (see slide) decomposes the fuel consumed by each plant category by assigning a portion to individual plant types in that category (e.g., coal-steam, coal-IGCC, etc.) • A cross-check ensures that the EB and Calibration align Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  17. 17. Data Assembly Templates SETUP Sheet (for Power) 17 • EPA US9rT database contains a large number of power plants types that are mapped to their Starter equivalent according to the source data sheet where the plant characterization is found • Options are activated or deactivated according to the EB, where an “*” appears in the 1st column if a commodity is not used for electricity generation, or the power plant type is not found in the country Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  18. 18. Data Assembly Templates Calibration Sheet (for Power) 18 • For each existing power plant category, the installed capacity, fuel input, efficiency and available factor much be provided for each of the plant types that are to be modelled. • The Base year capacity factor is calculated from the installed capacity and amount of electricity produced. Future year availability factors can be higher. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  19. 19. Data Assembly Templates VFE Load Sheet (for Power) 19 • MATCH/VLOOKUP functions are used to populate the power sector data from the source data (green) or Calibration sheets (yellow) • Checks are done to ensure blanks do not appear as 0s and trapping any Excel #errors • Where necessary, unit conversion is done in the formulas Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  20. 20. Data Assembly Templates VFE Load Sheet (for Power XPRCs) 20 • Each sector is connected to the rest of the RES network by means of exchange (or XPRC) processes which simply take the upstream energy carrier and rename it for the sector into which it is flowing • Inclusion or not of a particular XPRC is determined according to the SETUP sheet • Sector level fuel-based emissions accounting is done via the XPRCs Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  21. 21. Data Assembly Templates Demand Sector CommData Sheet 21 • Data related to the 1st period energy service demand is loaded from the Calibration sheet • Timeslices are grabbed from the EB_Starter Periods&Timeslices sheet according to the sector • Sector emission are aggregated to the system-wide CO2 eq. totals, by applying the GWP as appropriate Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  22. 22. Data Assembly Templates Demand Preparation - Residential 22 • Demand drivers for each sector (often at the end-use service level), along with elasticities, determine how quickly the sector demand grows, perhaps along with the saturation level/growth for some demands • In the case of cooling and heating the rate of old/new building stock change and degree day considerations are also factored in Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  23. 23. Data Assembly Templates Demand Projections 23 • 1st period demand levels are grabbed from each of the sector EB workbooks • Sector experts can then review and comment on the resulting demand projections Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  24. 24. Data Assembly Templates User Guidance Constraints 24 • Constraints are introduced to have control over the rate of transition from the current fuels and device/vehicle types and the penetration of new technologies. • These constraints are used to limit the rate of change in the References scenario and need to be relaxed under specific policy scenarios that impact these rates Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  25. 25. VEDA-FE Model Management System 25 The VEDA-FE model management system oversees the Excel workbooks, provides facilities for viewing via data in dynamic data cubes, presents RES diagrams, organizes and submits model runs, and provides other advance feature for working with TIMES Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  26. 26. VEDA-BE Handles Results via Dynamic Pivot Tables 26 VBE results handling system allows user-defined Sets & Tables to be assembled, then viewed as dynamic pivot tables that can be exported to Excel. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  27. 27. Calibration Check Workbook 27 The Calibration Check workbook cross-checks the 1st period model results to ensure that the Energy Balance aligns and that the power sector operation is also replicated by the model. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  28. 28. Analytics Multi-case Comparison Graphing & Metrics Workbook 2012$M %Difference GW %Difference Base - v11 109,937 Base - v11 1.28 Renewable Electricity Share 109,874 -0.1% Renewable Electricity Share 1.21 94.7% Limit Electricity Consumption 111,223 1.2% Limit Electricity Consumption 0.96 75.1% Limit Electricity Generation 110,073 0.1% Limit Electricity Generation 1.07 83.9% PJ %Difference 2012$M %Difference Base - v11 5,245 Base - v11 3,190 Renewable Electricity Share 5,226 -0.4% Renewable Electricity Share 2,907 -8.9% Limit Electricity Consumption 5,322 1.5% Limit Electricity Consumption 2,472 -22.5% Limit Electricity Generation 5,163 -1.6% Limit Electricity Generation 2,817 -11.7% PJ %Difference 2012$M %Difference Base - v11 21 Base - v11 50,163 Renewable Electricity Share 21 0.0% Renewable Electricity Share 49,997 -0.3% Limit Electricity Consumption 21 0.0% Limit Electricity Consumption 52,462 4.6% Limit Electricity Generation 21 0.0% Limit Electricity Generation 50,098 -0.1% PJ %Difference kt %Difference Base - v11 2,489 Base - v11 293,340 Renewable Electricity Share 2,485 -0.2% Renewable Electricity Share 278,965 -4.9% Limit Electricity Consumption 2,673 7.4% Limit Electricity Consumption 288,736 -1.6% Limit Electricity Generation 2,484 -0.2% Limit Electricity Generation 284,537 -3.0% CO2 Emissions Scenario Fuel Expenditures Scenario Electrity Generation Scenario Final Energy Consumption Scenario Scenario Primary Energy Scenario Electricity Investment Scenario System Cost Scenario Power Plant Builds 28 Results tables are exported & dynamically updated from VBE to the Analytics workbook, where presentation & report quality tables & graphs are prepared automatically. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  29. 29. Model Results – Overview 29 Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform An example set of policy scenarios are included to test the impact of possible changes from the Reference scenario arising from typical policy measures. These scenario files, with a leading prefix Scen_P-, are found in the SuppXLS folder, and include scenarios that:  Cap overall and/or sector GHG emissions, e.g., 25/50% below Baseline in 2030/50;  A forced change in the absolute value of a Reference scenario result, e.g. decrease in final energy consumption of 20% by a target year;  A forced change in the share of a Reference scenario result, e.g., a target share of 50% renewable electricity generation by a target year, and  The introduction of a cost or tax on the system, e.g., imposing a price on carbon emissions.
  30. 30. Model Results – Cost 30 The shift to more expensive improved devices result in increased investment spending with a drop in expenditures for fuel. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform -2,000 -1,000 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 CO2 Limit (-50% in 2050) RE ELC (ramp to 50% in 2050) CO2 Tax ($100/t in 2050) Difference from Ref with UC90 VAR INV+ INV FLO FIX ACT 0 20,000 40,000 60,000 80,000 100,000 120,000 140,000 Ref with UC90 CO2 Limit (-50% in 2050) RE ELC (ramp to 50% in 2050) CO2 Tax ($100/t in 2050) 2015$M Total Discounted System Cost VAR INV+ INV FLO FIX ACT
  31. 31. Model Results – Primary Energy 31 A dramatic move away from coal to more electricity from imports, nuclear and renewables can be seen Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 2015 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2015 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2015 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2015 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 Ref with UC90 CO2 Limit (-50% in 2050) RE ELC (ramp to 50% in 2050) CO2 Tax ($100/t in 2050) PJ Supply - Total Primary Renewables Oil and Products Nuclear Gas Electricity Coal Biofuels -120 -100 -80 -60 -40 -20 0 20 40 60 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 CO2 Limit (-50% in 2050) RE ELC (ramp to 50% in 2050) CO2 Tax ($100/t in 2050) PJ Difference from Ref with UC90 Renewables Oil and Products Nuclear Gas Electricity Coal Biofuels
  32. 32. Model Results – Electric Generation 32 Electricity generation shift away from coal to hydropower and other renewables and in some cases new nuclear Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 2015 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2015 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2015 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2015 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 Ref with UC90 CO2 Limit (-50% in 2050) RE ELC (ramp to 50% in 2050) CO2 Tax ($100/t in 2050) PJ Electric Generation (by Type) Wind Solar Nuclear Hydro Geothermal Gas-fired Gas fired CHPs Coal-fired Coal fired CHPs Biomass fired CHPs Biofuel-fired -40 -30 -20 -10 0 10 20 30 40 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 CO2 Limit (-50% in 2050) RE ELC (ramp to 50% in 2050) CO2 Tax ($100/t in 2050) PJ Difference from Ref with UC90 Wind Solar Nuclear Hydro Geothermal Gas-fired Gas fired CHPs Coal-fired Coal fired CHPs Biomass fired CHPs Biofuel-fired
  33. 33. Model Results – New Power Plant Builds 33 The change in plant types and investment timing of the various scenarios shows the how the roles to be played by the different technologies is impacted by that particular policy. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform 0.00 0.20 0.40 0.60 0.80 1.00 1.20 1.40 2015 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2015 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2015 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2015 2017 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 Ref with UC90 CO2 Limit (-50% in 2050) RE ELC (ramp to 50% in 2050) CO2 Tax ($100/t in 2050) GW Electric New Builds (by Type) Wind Solar Nuclear Hydro Geothermal Gas-fired Gas fired CHPs Coal-fired Coal fired CHPs Biomass fired CHPs Biofuel-fired
  34. 34. Model Results – FEC by Fuel 34 The CO2Tax case forces a rather substantive shift away from direct use of coal to more biomass and electricity. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  35. 35. Model Results – CO2 Emissions by Fuel 35 The substantial drop in CO2 emissions, particularly in the CO2Tax scenario, is shown, driven by the overall reduction in the use of coal. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  36. 36. Model Results – Trend Snapshot 36 The variation from the current electricity generation mix to that in 2030 can be seen for each scenario, where coal dominates in the Baseline but is curtailed in the CO2 runs. Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform Biofuel-fired, 564.3% Biomass fired CHPs, 109.9% Coal fired CHPs, 185.7% Coal-fired, 743.5% Gas fired CHPs, 334.0% Gas-fired, 906.3% Geothermal, 71.4% Ref with UC90 2015 Biofuel-fired, 636.5% Biomass fired CHPs, 202.7% Coal fired CHPs, 184.7% Coal-fired, 369.1% Gas fired CHPs, 415.7% Gas-fired, 993.2% Geothermal, 94.6% CO2 Limit (-50% in 2050) 2030 Biofuel-fired, 115.0% Biomass fired CHPs, 199.7% Coal fired CHPs, 84.2% Coal-fired, 205.8% Gas fired CHPs, 151.3% Gas-fired, 367.5% Geothermal, 38.6% CO2 Tax ($100/t in 2050) 2030 Biofuel-fired, 406.9% Biomass fired CHPs, 203.5% Coal fired CHPs, 184.8% Coal-fired, 1321.2% Gas fired CHPs, 253.8% Gas-fired, 616.3% Geothermal, 74.2% Ref with UC90 2030
  37. 37. VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform Phase II Ideas – Augmenting VTS • Replace the use of UC_COMPRD with PRC_MARK for the fuel and device type share constraints • Introduce the new VEDA Parametric Scenario mechanism • Look into ways to remove the SubRES (NT) links to the BY templates by means of the use of FilTab to control which future technologies are needed • Improve process representation in the Industry sector • Advance the unit labelling so derived from information in the EB workbook • Consider having 1 instance of every process available in US9rT in VTS so that when EB changes & processes aren’t wanted they appear commented out (for deletion) as opposed to having to add new process instances [Unless VBA functionality added, see next slide] • Setup “parallel” 2030 AXLS that uses 2-yr periods • 2-region Starter example • Addition scenarios (drawn from DemoS) • Training video 37 Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  38. 38. VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform Phase II Ideas – VBAAdd-in Functions • Dependencies check in said XLS (with “New Model” facility) • “Replicate Process” to introduce new technologies on BY SETUP o Prompt for components (assume same demand) - fuel, type, quality, etc., plus source data Sheet/Process name o Insert entries (below?) rows in SETUP/Calibrate/Process/ProcData • “Replicate Demand Service” to introduce new enduse demand service on BY SETUP o Prompt for name / description, and ask if current block of devices in the current service are to be duplicated o Insert entries (below?) rows in SETUP/EB/Calibrate/Commodities/CommData o If devices block to be copied prompt for source data sheet, do “Replicate Process” for each entity, without anything in the data source tech name • Quick QC on parameters [minny AttributeMaster] on Comm/ProcData sheets o Dump from VFE of AttributeMaster to control checks within the template o Check that all attributes/qualifiers recognized • Other (easy) QCs o Warn if same header 2x [not necessarily a mistake] 38 Introduction to the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform
  39. 39. 39 Thank You! Contact Information Gary.a.Goldstein@gmail.com Introduction to TIMES Methodology & TIMES-Starter Platform

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