Input parameters for the MARKAL database

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Dear Department of Energy and Climate Change,

I would like to request the input parameters for the MARKet ALlocation (MARKAL) database that is used to model the energy system in the UK. I would like the parameters as they currently exist.

I would like this schema to be in an Excel spreadsheet, in a format similar to the input parameters for MARKAL from 2007 here:

http://tinyurl.com/yjqsg2a (from http://ukedc.rl.ac.uk/)

Yours faithfully,

Lisa Evans

Lisa Evans left an annotation ()

I would like the correct the word "schema" is this request, it should have read "input parameters".

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BIS ref: 10/0039

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Bailey Paul \(DECC CSSS\), Department of Energy and Climate Change

BIS Ref 10/0039

Dear Ms Evans,

Thank you for your request of 11 January 2010 where you requested, in
Excel format, the current input parameters for the MARKet ALlocation
(MARKAL) database that is used to model the energy system in the UK.

I am writing to advise you that, following a search of our paper and
electronic records, I have established that the information you requested
is not held by this Department.

However, we have established that the 2007 data
([1]http://tinyurl.com/yjqsg2a) you refer to in your request is up to date
and was the latest used in the analysis. There may have been some slight
amendments to specific costs, but none of these are available in a
spreadsheet format. Information on MARKAL input parameter is publicly
available at [2]http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/support/ESMMARKAL....

There will not be any updated spreadsheet available until the new global
TIMES model is developed by the UCL Energy Institute, over the next year
at least.

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right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
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Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF

Best regards

Paul Bailey
Senior Economist, Strategic Economic Analysis
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Tel: +44 (0)300 068 5009
[email address]

References

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1. http://tinyurl.com/yjqsg2a
2. http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/support/ESMMARKAL...

Hentschel Julian \(Economics\), Department of Energy and Climate Change

Ref Nos: 09/1960, 10/0361, 10/0362, 10/0400, 10/0435

12 March 2010

Dear Ms Evans,

Thank you for your emails of 11, 20 January, 20, 25 February and 1 March
requesting information about MARKAL. It appears you have raised a number
of FOI requests on the same topic. In future, please help us to avoid the
creation of parallel requests on the same topic by ensuring that you the
quote the reference number 10/0361 in all related correspondence. Raising
multiple requests is likely to delay your response and wastes public
resources.

Your requests are being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

Taking all of these requests together, you have asked both for the "source
code for the MARKAL optimisation software" and the input parameters used
in each module of the DECC implementation of the MARKAL model.

Regarding the source code, as noted in the response to requests 10/0361
and 10/0362 dated 25 February, DECC cannot provide you with the MARKAL
source code. I have copied an excerpt of this response below:

"DECC is licensed to operate the MARKAL model. However we have been
informed that, under the terms of this license, we are not permitted to
pass the source code to third parties. A MARKAL reference manual with the
full mathematical description is available at [1]www.ETSAP.org. In order
to obtain the source code, you would need to apply to the Energy
Technology Systems Analysis Program (ETSAP) to become an operating agent."

Regarding the inputs, DECC does not normally conduct MARKAL modelling
internally but instead commissions the modelling from third parties. The
latest MARKAL modelling results produced for the Department were conducted
by AEA Technologies. We have asked AEA Technologies about the inputs used
and have been informed that these are the same as those provided on the
UKERC website. Please see the annexes to the documentation available at
the website you cited
<[2]http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/support/tiki-inde...>.
The Department does not hold this information in Excel format.

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me.
Please remember to quote the reference number 10/0361 in any related
future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Julian Hentschel

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Julian Hentschel | Economist | Strategic Economic Analysis | Department of
Energy and Climate Change | 8 [3]www.decc.gov.uk

References

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1. file://www.ETSAP.org
2. http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/support/tiki-inde...
3. http://www.decc.gov.uk/