Initial Meeting of the Energy Modelling Platform for North America (EMP-NA)
November 5th, Phoenix, Arizona
The inaugural meeting of the Energy Modelling Platform for North America (EMP-NA) was held on November 5th, 2018 as a side event at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona with in person participation from RMC Saint Jean, UT Austin , BCIT , PNNL , NREL , Payne Institute and external support from UMass , Argonne National Lab , SDSN , WBG , UNDESA and UBC . The EMP-NA meeting was preceded by a special session on Open Source, Applications and New Developments in Energy Modelling where recent advances were presented by members of the EMP-NA group. EMP-NA brings together interested researchers to develop an open source modelling platform that covers continental North America and will be organizing a second meeting at the 2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA in October, 2019 where progress on the platform will be presented and discussed. The EMP-NA group has collectively developed several key OSeMOSYS papers, they oversee university teaching and have contributed to government focussed capacity building for the United Nations and are looking for interested modellers to join the group. Interested modellers can contact Taco Niet at Taco_Niet@bcit.ca to be added to the distribution list for EMP-NA updates.