New briefing paper sheds light on strengths and weaknesses of UK energy models
1 September 2021
UCL Energy Institute Director Prof Neil Strachan and Dr Pei-hao Li have published a second policy brief funded through the UKERC Modelling Hub.
The paper follows coordinated a ground-breaking survey of all UK energy models through the UK Energy Research Centre’s Energy Modelling Hub coordinated a ground-breaking survey of all UK energy models.
In this second brief Prof Neil Strachan and Dr Pei-hao Li focus on the findings that shed light on the various strengths and weaknesses of UK energy models, looking at four key areas:
- How the models deal with time, in terms of temporal detail and overall time horizon
- How the models deal with space, in terms of geographical detail and capturing infrastructures
- How the models deal with technologies, in terms of technology learning and inclusion of key mitigation options
- How the models deal with behaviour, in terms of consumer responses and broader societal trends
The first policy brief explored the models captured in the survey, focused on the UK energy modelling landscape, detailed the breadth of modelling in the UK.
- Energy Modelling in the UK Briefing paper 2: Strengths and weaknesses (PDF)
- UKERC energy modelling survey
- Prof Neil Strachan
- Dr Pei-hao Li