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An Innovative Approach to Achieving a Clean Energy Future

Posted by OnLocation on Jul 29, 2022 2:55:18 PM

Over the past several years, the Energy Innovation Reform Project (EIRP) has developed and promoted an Innovation + Regulation Policy Framework (I+R) for decarbonizing the U.S. electric power sector. OnLocation, Inc. completed a comprehensive modeling analysis for EIRP to identify the potential benefits and challenges of employing the I+R Framework. The study found that the I+R Framework is more cost-effective and results in greater diversity of generation options, including more firm and dispatchable clean power, than the alternative regulation-only clean energy policy examined.

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Topics: NEMS, Energy Modeling, Environmental Regulation, Energy Policy, climate change, Advanced Technologies, carbon capture, Innovation + Regulation, Clean Energy

Challenges of Modeling Hydrogen in the U.S. Energy System

Posted by OnLocation on May 12, 2022 2:17:11 PM

It will be impossible for the United States and other countries to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions without improved and new clean energy sources. Hydrogen, which has been discussed for decades as a potential cornerstone technology, is thought by many to be critically important. Hydrogen is a clean burning fuel; can be manufactured from and used to produce low and zero-carbon energy; and is more suitable for use in certain carbon-intensive industrial applications than electrification.

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Topics: NEMS, Energy Modeling, Hydrogen

Analyzing the Role of Advanced Nuclear Energy in Deep Decarbonization

Posted by OnLocation on Oct 20, 2021 12:51:32 PM

Now is the time for modelers to reassess how nuclear technologies are represented in energy system models.  That is the conclusion of a new OnLocation paper written for the Nuclear Innovation Alliance. This paper examines the many ways that nuclear energy, including advanced nuclear reactors, can play a significant role in meeting climate mitigation goals and makes a case for energy modelers to consider incorporating characteristics and applications for advanced reactors into their energy economic models.

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Topics: Energy, NEMS, Energy Modeling, Energy Policy, Integrated Modeling, climate change, Advanced Technologies, nuclear power

Carbon Capture: OnLocation Identifies the Potential, the Roadblocks, and the Questions

Posted by OnLocation on Sep 13, 2021 11:50:00 AM

OnLocation, and our parent company KeyLogic, have decades of experience studying and modeling carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technology and policy. This work is highlighted in a newly published Power Magazine article, CCUS: Big Opportunity and Hard Questions.


CCUS has been portrayed by some advocates as a panacea for fossil-fired power and pilloried by critics as a dangerous diversion from serious decarbonization. The reality is more complicated than saying the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Our analysis identifies the policy issues that must be addressed for a successful CCUS rollout, and also what “success” might mean – that is, where are the likely markets for American CCUS technology.

As discussed in the article, there appears to be a consensus that CCUS is an essential part of the net-zero carbon solution. According to the IEA, CCUS is a necessary tool for use in keeping the increase in global temperatures below 2C and reaching net-zero by 2050. The Biden Administration agrees: the Council on Environmental Quality recently reported that to reach the President’s decarbonization goals the nation will “likely have to capture, transport, and permanently sequester significant quantities of carbon dioxide.”

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Topics: Energy, NEMS, Energy Modeling, Environmental Regulation, Energy Policy, Integrated Modeling, Oil and Gas Production

EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2021 Provides Insights and Opportunities

Posted by OnLocation on Feb 26, 2021 5:02:43 PM

On February 3, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its latest Annual Energy Outlook (AEO). The AEO 2021 report describes the key assumptions and results of a reference case and several alternative scenarios performed with the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS), a complex energy supply and demand model created and maintained by EIA. The scenarios provide insights into potential energy futures resulting from a range of assumptions about oil prices, oil and natural gas resources, macroeconomic levels, and renewable costs.

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Topics: NEMS, Energy Modeling

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