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There are some obvious glitches.

Biomass power plants burn coal, apparently. Also, liquid biofuel from biomass is apparently code for coal-to-liquids.

Decreasing livestock numbers increases oil imports! Obvious, really; biomethane etc fuels not only all the tractors and trucks to transport feed etc involved in animal husbandry, but a significant portion of the general vehicle fleet : really?

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by eurogreen on Tue Oct 16th, 2012 at 05:50:46 AM EST
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i can see biofuel as positive in the ag sector, to avoid transport costs of fossil fuels. that could apparently be achieved by dedicating 10% of farmland.

better would be electric tractors...

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Oct 16th, 2012 at 06:16:56 AM EST
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"Biomass power plants burn coal, apparently."

Yeah, that's a silly thing. Solid-fuel plants are all much of a muchness in the model. So if you don't allocate enough biomass production / imports, then rather than scaling down the solid-fuel plant capacity factor, it just uses coal instead.  That's fixable. I'd add it to my TODO list.

by LondonAnalytics (Andrew Smith) on Tue Oct 16th, 2012 at 08:47:14 AM EST
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Eh.. Going by real world precedents, the model is 100 % correct on this point. "Biomass" power plants that cannot find enough fuel have a remarkable tendency to suddenly become coal fired.
by Thomas on Tue Oct 16th, 2012 at 01:16:51 PM EST
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I think you've misunderstood the nature of the model.

It's not an economic simulator. It's a scenario simulator.

So if the user specifies N amount of biofuel plant in their scenario, that's what they should get. That's just a matter of good UX design.

by LondonAnalytics (Andrew Smith) on Tue Oct 16th, 2012 at 03:07:11 PM EST
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