New to ETSAP

IEA-ETSAP is a multilateral international agreement under the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes(TPCs) initiative. ETSAP has a unique network of energy modelling teams, using various models to provide scientific advice in support of better informed decision-making forthe formulation of energy policy that fosters clean, secure, reliable and affordable energy systems to support sustainable economic growth and responsible environmental stewardship of our planet. Any country (as well as other entities focused on energy issues and planning) can petition to become a participant of ETSAP, and the semi-annual workshops held around the world are open to all interested parties.

Energy systems modelling for decision making

Energy policy and planning is more and more complex and faces significant uncertainties regarding future developments (availability of primary energy sources, environmental protection issues, security of supply, risk, and effects on the economy). Furthermore, the interdependencies of supply and demand, energy and water, technology evolution, economic growth, etc. necessitate employing a comprehensive view of an energy system approach. Thishelps to ensure optimal use of resources, prioritise actions in technology development and deployment, and encourages policies aimed at addressing national and global policies. The advanced energy system model generators and tools first pioneered by ETSAP are constantly being improved to ensure that they are able to tackle the tough evolving issues confronting practitioners looking to transform the world’s energy systems into the future.


ETSAP in a nutshell

ETSAP (Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme) is the longest running Technology Collaboration Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA). It started in 1977, in response to the first OPEC oil embargo,with the purpose of coming up with a common (optimisation) platform for countries to examine the evolution their energy systems in response to technology developments and policy priorities. ETSAP first produced the MARKAL modelling platform and more recently itssuccessor TIMES. TIMES is an integrated energy system modelling platform or “model generator” and can be used to create specific energy system models for cities, countries, regions, or the whole world. There is a “powerful Model Management System” for TIMES, VEDA, that overseas all aspects of working with the model.


ETSAP currently has as members twenty countries, the European Commission and two private sector sponsors. ETSAP contracting partiesare the energy policy ministries or departments of the respective governments. The members of ETSAP carrying out the common program of work on behalf of their governments (or other entity) are institutions that are actively involved in offering analytic rigor as part of providing policy advice for the formulation of policies and programs consistent withthe goals and vision for the evolution of their energy system. The members meet twice a year to share knowledge, discuss the research agenda and carry-out a common program of work. A unique network of energy modelling teams from almost seventy countries use the MARKAL/TIMES family of models to support decision making in energy policy and analyse energy systems development.

ETSAP Tools

The work programme of ETSAP for the next three years focusses on understanding and facilitating the energy transition to achieve the “well below 2oC goal” of the Paris agreement.


Benefits and Costs of joining ETSAP

Benefits:

  • Participants have the right to be represented at the Executive Committee and to participate with one vote in all decisions including accepting new members, setting the research agenda, management of the budget, interaction with the IEA and other TCPs;
  • Free access to the ANSWER, VEDA Model Management System, updates and related preferential assistance;
  • Participation in the annual calls for proposals of research projects funded by ETSAP;
  • Access to the global multi-regional TIMES Integrated Assessment Model - TIAM (with endogenous trade of energy and CO2 permits, stochastic variables and climate equations) and continuous updates;
  • Networking with other institutions at the cutting edge of the application of MARKAL/TIMES;
  • Free access to the training courses (offered at least twice a year), and
  • Increased chances to be part of consortia coordinated by ETSAP members for submitting projects to international funding agencies (USAID, EC, WB, etc.).

Participation Cost: €20 000 per annum


ETSAP’s tools and how to use them

TIMES and VEDA

TIMES is an integrated energy system modelling platform or “model generator” that can be used to depict specific instances of energy systems for cities, countries, regions, or the whole world. VEDA is the “Model Management System” for TIMES. It supports all aspects of working with the model including preparation of input data (in Excel workbooks or templates), management of the templates, browsing of the data, Reference Energy System (RES) network diagramming, organization and submission of model runs, and processing of the model results via user-defined views by means of dynamic data cubes (“smart” pivot tables).

Semi-Annual Workshops and Training

ETSAP conducts two workshops per year which are distributed around the world to facilitate attendance by a wide group of interested individuals. The workshops are open to all interested parties. Participants are welcome to share knowledge through presentations (and often extensive side discussions) and learn of research project advancements.

ETSAP offers training courses at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels to familiarizeusers with both the underlying mathematics embodied in the TIMES model generator and the “how to” aspect of building and running a model via the VEDA model management system. The introductory training course is offered coinciding with each semi-annual workshop, or can be arrangement upon request. Training courses are open to everyone, for a modest fee (in not affiliated with a CP). If you are interested in attending all you need to do is register once the next workshop is announced. Starting in 2017 ETSAP established the Tosato Grant, in honor of GianCarlo Tosato one of the early pioneers and practitioners of MARKAL/TIMES and the ETSAP Operating Agent and Project Head for many years, which provides financial support for trainees from less developed countries to attend ETSAP’s training courses and the ETSAP workshop. The awarding of the grant is decided by the Operating Agent and the Chair, based upon merit and need from the requests submitted though the applicationform available here.

ETSAP Starter Model

ETSAP recently developed theTIMES-Starter model. Itoffersnew users a complete TIMES model structure employing best practices that can be readily customized to a particular energy system. It is built from solid documented data sources and provides all the basic building blocks, tools and techniques that need to be employed as part of assembling and applying a TIMES model. Currently the TIMES-Starter is available under ANSWER (see ANSWER-TIMES Starter Model and Guidelines). A VEDA instance of the Starter has been approved as a R&D project this is expected to be available before the end of 2017.

TIMES Documentation

ETSAP has just completed (in 2016) a new complete set of documentation for TIMES and VEDA.

VEDA-TIMES Demo Models

There is a set of VEDA-TIMES demo models that start from an energy balance of EU27, employ careful naming conventions, and take an approach of incrementally building a model by expanding the underlying Reference Energy System (RES) one step at a time to introduce modeling techniques and technology representation in a consistent manner. There are twelve steps proceeding from a very simple few process model, through key basic requirements up to intermediate level demo models.


Resources

ETSAP publishes an Annex Final Report every three years to present the work and related publications of teams that use ETSAP’s the tools. The latest reports available are:

Informing Energy and Climate Policies Using Energy System Models was written by IEA-ETSAP members, it collates a range of methodological approaches and case studies of employing the latest modeling practice at national and international scale based on IEA-ETSAP tools and expertise


Where can I get help?

If you are interested in becoming an ETSAP Contracting Party please contact the Chairman of the Executive Committee.

ETSAP members are active all around the globe performing energy system analyses. The table below provides an indication of the areas ETSAP members are actively engaged, along with project/model weblinks and contact information of the respective modelling teams which can be contacted for additional information or further collaboration opportunities.

Region/Country ETSAP Members/Partners Study/Model
Europe Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
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European-Swiss TIMES Electricity Model (EUSTEM)
World Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medio Ambientales y Tecnológicas, CIEMAT [Group]
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EUROfusion Times Model (ETM) [Article]
Grantham Institute, Imperial College
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TIAM-Grantham
Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
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World Energy Scenarios 2016
University College London
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TIAM-UCL
13 World Regions+EU28 member states plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland E4SMA
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Study on the economic impacts of energy markets from the worldwide and potential European exploitation of unconventional gas and oil
Central Asia/Caspian region E4SMA
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TIMES Central Asia Caspian model
Nazarbayev University
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EU28 member states plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland University College London
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ETM-UCL
EU28 member states plus Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Balkans E4SMA
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Support Services for the JRC-EU-TIMES model
Evora (PT), Cesena (IT), Nottingham (UK), Trikala (GR) E4SMA
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Integrative Smart City Planning (InSmart)
Latin America and the Caribbean Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
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Latin America Study related to World Energy Scenarios 2016
Scandinavia; Denmark, Norway and Sweden Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)
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Scandinavian TIMES model [Article]
Southeast Europe & Caucus DecisionWare Group
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EC-TIMES & National models
Spain, Portugal and Morocco E4SMA
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COMET project with an integrated TIMES model for Spain-Portugal-Morocco
Sub-Sahara Africa Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
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Powering the growth of Sub-Saharan Africa
Walloon Region (Belgium) E4SMA
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"Développement et exploitation du modèle TIMES en Wallonie” for the Service public de Wallonie, Département de l’Energie et du Bâtiment durable
Canada ESMIA Consultants
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NATEM - Canada
Denmark E4SMA
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Interact project (TIMES-DK development)
COMETS project (incorporating modal shift in the transport sector of TIMES-DK)
Egypt E4SMA
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Technical Assistance to support the reform of the Energy Sector, Arab Republic of Egypt
India The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
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Ireland E4SMA
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Energy Modelling-Irish TIMES
Italy E4SMA
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Multi-regional TIMES model of Italy (MONET)
Kazakhstan E4SMA
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TIMES Kazakhstan (national)
TIMES 16 regions model
Nazarbayev University
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TIMES Kazakhstan (national)
TIMES 16 regions model
Kuwait DecisionWare Group
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Economic Analysis of Clean Energy Options
Mexico Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medio Ambientales y Tecnológicas, CIEMAT [Group]
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ETM model to study Mexican Climate and Energy plans
ESMIA Consultants
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NATEM - Mexico
Netherlands Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)
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New Zealand Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
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New Zealand Energy Scenarios
North America ESMIA Consultants
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NATEM - North American TIMES Energy Model (under development)
Norway Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)
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TIMES-Norway [Article,Article 2]
Pakistan DecisionWare Group
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Pakistan Integrated Assessment Model
Scotland E4SMA
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Whole System Energy Model for Scotland
South Africa DecisionWare Group
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World Bank Thirsty Energy - South Africa
Spain Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medio Ambientales y Tecnológicas, CIEMAT [Group]
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TIMES-Spain [Article]
E4SMA
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Technical assistance to ISDEFE for the development of a TIMES Spain model
Sweden Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)
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TIMES-Sweden
Switzerland Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
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Swiss TIMES Energy systems Model (STEM)
UK UK Government
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UK TIMES
University College London
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Ukraine E4SMA
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INOGATE Technical Secretariat & Integrated Programme in support of the Baku Initiative and the Eastern Partnership energy objectives
Institute for Economics and Forecasting
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TIMES-Ukraine [Article]
USA DecisionWare Group
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US National MARKAL Model - Various Applications
Ukraine E4SMA
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INOGATE Technical Secretariat & Integrated Programme in support of the Baku Initiative and the Eastern Partnership energy objectives
Basel, Switzerland Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
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Basel-City model
Oslo, Norway Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)
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TIMES-OSL

ETSAP Meetings