How do our models shape up?

CSE commissioned to review how DECC’s models address demand side measures

12 February 2014

Cutting energy demand by insulating buildings and installing more efficient equipment… Stimulating shifts in the timing of energy use to reduce peaks and make the most of intermittent renewables … Using more distributed sources of energy to create power or heat nearer the user.

These ‘demand side measures’ are widely considered vital to the UK achieving its energy policy objectives of a secure, affordable and low carbon energy system.

Now the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has commissioned CSE to review how the various energy-systems models that DECC uses to help set priorities and design and/or test policy proposals take account of demand side measures.

For this two-month project CSE will be examining the structure and content of DECC’s ‘whole-system’ models and their interaction with other policy- or sector-specific models to see how demand side measures are currently represented. And we’ll be looking at the sorts of questions which are typically being asked by DECC of the models and how the answers inform policy and programme design and implementation.

Joshua Thumim, CSE’s Head of Research and Analysis, is leading the project: “Given the importance of demand side measures to the achievement of the UK’s energy policy goals, we’re looking forward to working with DECC to understand how these key policy-making tools work, how they are being currently being used, and what improvements could potentially be made.”

Photo of the giant plug scultpure in Ganton Street, London by Alan Mulligan, reproduced under Creative Commons

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