Analysis Tools: Policy, Deployment and Program Impact

The policy, deployment and program impact page presents tools for evaluating the economic, environmental, social, security and reliability impacts of clean energy policies and programs. For example, these tools can provide insights on the economic impacts of clean energy deployment on GDP, jobs, and electricity price. These tools can also estimate the implications of increased technology deployment on infrastructure, energy prices, electricity system reliability, local air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, and other factors. The Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI), WARM, CVAT, Building Life-Cycle Cost (BLCC) programs are some of the tools that belong to this category.

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability

The Climate and Air Pollution Planning Assistant (CAPPA) is an Excel-based decision-support tool designed to help U.S. local governments explore and identify potential opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution emissions. CAPPA provides a starting point for two major tasks: determining an achievable emissions reduction target and selecting strategies to include in a local government–operations or community-scale emissions-reduction plan.

World Resources Institute

The Carbon Value Analysis Tool (CVAT) is a screening tool to help companies integrate the value of carbon dioxide emissions reductions into energy-related investment decisions. The tool is used to test the sensitivity of a project’s internal rate of return to carbon value and to facilitate the development of emissions reduction strategies by developing a Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC) across a portfolio of projects.

United States Energy Information Administration

The National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) is a computer-based, energy-economy modeling system of United States through 2030. NEMS projects the production, imports, conversion, consumption, and prices of energy, subject to assumptions on macroeconomic and financial factors, world energy markets, resource availability and costs, behavioral and technological choice criteria, cost and performance characteristics of energy technologies, and demographics.