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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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