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TIMES is a well-known, widely used model. However, the adequacy of TIMES for energy efficiency policy analysis has not been assessed in the literature. This report sets out the potential for using TIMES to understand the system impacts of energy efficiency improvements.
The main challenges identified in the specific context of using TIMES for energy efficiency analysis are:
* Energy efficiency implementation in TIMES is not straightforward. Several approaches could be followed, delivering potentially different results.
* Decisions are cost driven. The cost minimisation algorithm would lead to outcomes involving extreme specialisation (corner solutions), if not prevented by user determined constraints (e.g. imposing maximum shares for different technologies).
* Energy demands and actions and reactions across the wider economy impacts are not modelled within TIMES. More generally, market “problems” and other drivers for consumer behaviour are not captured.
From a policy analysis perspective, TIMES is a very powerful tool that could be used to support decision making. Therefore, building on the model's strengths, the report discusses possible TIMES uses and ways to go forward, grouped as:
* using TIMES as it is;
* developing TIMES improvements; and
* soft-linking with other models.
|Place of Publication||Edinburgh|
|Number of pages||55|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Jul 2017|
- climate change
- renewable and low carbon energy systems
- Scottish TIMES model
- energy policy
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Calvillo, C., 2 Oct 2017, Edinburgh
Research output: Other contribution
Katris, A., Calvillo-Muñoz, C., Figus, G., Riddoch, F., Turner, K., McGregor, P., Lecca, P. & Swales, K., 31 May 2017, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde. 17 p. (International Public Policy Institute Policy Brief)
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Residential Energy Efficiency in Times – Analysis of Modelling Approaches and Impacts on Energy Policy
Christian Calvillo Munoz (Speaker)13 Jun 2018
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
Christian Calvillo Munoz (Speaker)13 Sept 2017
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Meeting with Andrew Mortimer, Jennifer McVey and Jose Viada Galvez to discuss about Scottish TIMES developments.18 May 2017
Activity: Public Engagement and Outreach › Co-Production