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Leading Tools for Sustainable Energy Planning

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The second iteration of the Energy Toolkit, a collection of leading instruments and methodologies for climate-compatible energy planning, offers energy practitioners, policymakers, and experts a quick reference guide to some of the best-established instruments available at no or low cost. The result is a compilation of 26 tools from agencies around the world.The toolkit was produced as a team effort with the many members of the Low-Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP), in particular its Energy Working Group (LEDS EWG).

This toolkit does not claim to be a complete encyclopedia of all available tools. We hope to update and further improve the toolkit in coming years. If you have developed a sustainable energy modelling tool or know of one that should be featured here, please contact us at

We hope this toolkit will help you to make energy fairer, safer, and greener for all.

Alexander Ochs | Lead Editor
Director of Climate and Energy, Worldwatch Institute | LEDS EWG Chair

Philip Killeen | Co-editor, Version 2.0
Research Associate, Worldwatch Institute | LEDS EWG Secretariat Manager

December 8, 2016
© LEDS Energy Working Group and Worldwatch Institute 2016

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Leading Tools for Sustainable Energy Planning

  1. 1. Organized by the LEDS Global Partnership Energy Working Group Webinar : Leading Tools for Sustainable Energy Planning December 8th, 2016 10:00 – 11:00 AM ET Download the Toolkit at
  2. 2. Disclaimer ● The LEDS GP does not endorse or recommend specific products or services. Information provided in this webinar is featured on the LEDS GP website as one of many best practices resources reviewed and selected by technical experts.
  3. 3. Some housekeeping items Two options for audio (select audio mode) 1. Listen through your computer. ・ Please select the “mic and speakers” radio button on the right hand audio pane display 2. Listen by telephone. ・ Please select the “telephone” option in the right-hand display, and a phone number and PIN will display Panelists – Please mute your audio device when not presenting. Technical difficulties? Contact the GoToWebinar’s help desk: 888.259.3826
  4. 4. Agenda ● Welcome and introductory remarks ● Overview of the LEDS Global Partnership, Energy Working Group, and Energy Toolkit 2.0 - Alexander Ochs, Energy Working Group ● Presentations – Panelists: - I-JEDI: Francisco Flores-Espino, National Renewable Energy Laboratory - RETScreen: Kevin Bourque, National Resources Canada ● Questions and answers ● Short Survey
  5. 5. The LEDS Global Partnership and Energy Working Group Alexander Ochs, Co-Chair, LEDS GP Energy Working Group
  6. 6. LEDS Global Partnership An international initiative aiming to harness the collective knowledge and resources of governments, donors, international organizations, and practitioners in scaling up and strengthening implementation of climate-resilient low emission development around the world. Catalyzes action and collaboration across more than 160 countries, plus international donor and technical organizations. Operates through “regional platforms” (delivery) and “technical working groups” (expertise).
  7. 7. Energy Working Group (EWG) Founded in 2011, now over 500 members The LEDS EWG promotes low emission and climate resilient development in the energy sector through: • Learning, information exchange, communication of best practices • Advisory services & technical assistance • Enhanced opportunities for coordination and collaboration
  8. 8. EWG 2017 Knowledge Products Preview: Communities of Practice: • Continuation of LEDS LAC Bioelectricity Community of Practice • Energy LEDS Communities of Practice established in Africa and Asia Energy training: • Asia LEDS Partnership regional workshop • Africa LEDS Partnership regional workshop • LEDS LAC regional workshop LEDS sustainable energy & development world atlas case studies Energy LEDS Toolkit 3.0
  9. 9. LEDS Energy Toolkit 2.0 Toolkit available at: and • Reference guide for well- established LEDS planning tools & methodologies • Focus on tools available at low or no cost • 2016 version: 26 tools • Will be updated and extended annually • Will become searchable online tool
  10. 10. Cost and Benefit 1 CREST | Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool 2 META | Model for Electricity Technology Assessment 4 JEDI | Jobs and Economic Development Impact Models 6 Demand and Energy Efficiency 8 EnergyPlus | Building Energy Simulation Program 9 MAED | Model for Analysis of Energy Demand 11 OpenStudio | Module for Whole Building Energy Modeling Application Development 13 TRACE | Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy 15 Environmental Impact Assessment 17 EFFECT | Energy Forecasting Framework and Emissions Consensus Tool 18 HEAT+ | Harmonized Emissions Analysis Tool Plus 20 MESSAGE | Model for Energy Supply Strategy Alternatives and their General Environmental Impacts 22 SIMPACTS | Simplified Approach for Estimating Environmental Impacts of Electricity Generation 24 Financial Investment 26 DREI | Derisking Renewable Energy Investment Framework 27 FINPLAN | Financial Analysis of Electric Sector Expansion Plans 29 Gender Inclusion 31 Mainstreaming Gender in Energy Projects: A Practical Handbook 32 Guidelines on Renewable Energy Technologies for Women in Rural and Informal Urban Areas 34 Geospatial Resource Assessment 36 RED-E | Renewable Energy Data Explorer 37 Integrated Tools 39 GsT | The Geospatial Toolkit 40 Balmorel | Energy System Model 42 GCAM | Global Change Assessment Model 44 HOMER | Hybrid Optimization of Multiple Energy Resources 46 ISED | Indicators for Sustainable Energy Development 48 LEAP | Long Range Energy Alternatives Planning System 50 RETScreen | Clean Energy Management Software 52 SAM | System Advisor Model 54 SERIP | Sustainable Energy Roadmaps and Implementation Plan 56 TIMES | The Integrated MARKAL/EFOM System 58 WASP | Wien Automatic System Planning Package 60 CONTENTS LEDS Energy Toolkit 2.0
  11. 11. META | Model for Electricity Technology Assessment 5
  12. 12. Mainstreaming Gender in Energy Projects: A Practical Handbook 33
  13. 13. SERIP | Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Implementation Plans 57
  14. 14. Leading Tools for Sustainable Energy Planning Francisco Flores-Espino, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, I- JEDI Kevin Bourque, Natural Resources Canada, RETScreen
  15. 15. Francisco Flores-Espino, Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Francisco works as an Energy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Francisco has over three years of experience employing and developing the Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) tool. Francisco has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. degree in Energy Management
  16. 16. I-JEDI | International Jobs and Economic Development Impact Models 7
  17. 17. NREL I-JEDI • Jobs and Economic Development Impact tool, international version (I-JEDI) • Economy-wide impacts from power plants • 15 models Excel-based for the U.S., one online version • International version • PV, biomass, wind, geothermal • Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, Philippines, Zambia • Adapt to other regions
  18. 18. NREL I-JEDI, Inputs and Outputs Inputs: Nominal capacity, installation costs, local content share, and region Direct (on site) Impacts: labor, materials, professional services, etc. Jobs and economic development impacts to the economy as a whole Economy-wide impacts: number of jobs, earnings, contribution to GDP and economic output
  19. 19. NREL I-JEDI, Users • ~3,000 downloads per year • Government agencies, universities, consulting firms, project developers, nonpartisan research organizations • National, state and county level analyses • U.S. Government Accountability Office • GE Energy Financial Services • Iowa Policy Project, Land Policy Institute (Michigan) • Several universities • ~70 articles between 2004-2014
  20. 20. NREL I-JEDI, Results • GAO’s: Wind Power’s Contribution to Electric Power Generation and Impact on Farms and Rural Communities • “[E]mployment and income impacts tend to be greater for counties that are more highly populated and have a larger economic base, and are considerably greater for projects that are locally owned than for projects that are owned by out-of-area firms.” • GE Energy: Impact of 2007 Wind Farms on US Treasury • The total NPV to the US Treasury was an estimated $2.75 billion, greater than the $2.5 billion total cost of the PTCs –resulting in a net inflow to the Treasury of $250 million. • Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) • Contribution to municipal economy as a percentage of annual GDP
  21. 21. NREL I-JEDI, Results • Offshore Wind Jobs and Economic Development Impacts in the United States : Four Regional Scenarios Onsite
  22. 22. Kevin Bourque, Project Engineer, Natural Resources Canada Kevin is part of the development team of the RETScreen Clean Energy Management Software at Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY research centre. He specializes in RETScreen software development (including the development of power, industrial, commercial, institutional and residential archetypes), providing RETScreen software technical support, and developing online distance learning tools such as the e-Textbook and case studies. Prior to joining NRCan, Kevin worked as a wind energy consultant specializing in the assessment, computer modelling and performance analysis of wind energy systems. He has been working in the energy field since 1999. Kevin obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Mining Engineering) from McGill University.
  23. 23. RETScreen Clean Energy Management Software 53
  24. 24. Q & A session Thank you for participating - please join the LEDS GP! Further reading, recordings of webinars, etc.: Contact speakers/organizers: Alexander Ochs, Francisco Flores-Espino, Kevin Bourque,
  25. 25. Survey • How did we do? • Your feedback is important!