This call is open to modellers interested in engaging with the EMH to share their modelling work and potentially integrate or link their models on the EMH Common Platform, where they will be maintained by the EMH over time and made available, with the appropriate documentation, to stakeholders. Publishing your energy model in an open-source format is a great way to increase exposure and credibility for your work. The EMH will make your work accessible to a broader audience, including policymakers and decision-makers and facilitate collaboration with a vast community of peers and users, contributing to the growth and improvement of your model. Additionally, open-source publishing shows a commitment to transparency and advancing knowledge in the field, helping to build trust and credibility among your peers, potential partners, and stakeholders.
The call is addressed to the community at large —academics, consultants, governments, utilities, private sector, etc.— for original electricity/energy modelling of various aspects of Canadian energy systems, including, but not limited to, electricity production, transmission and distribution, or its usage in any given sector (transportation, building, industry, etc.), as the country embarks on a deep energy transition.
This call for “models” is the first one launched by the EMH and is exploratory. At this time, the EMH is gathering the interest from the modelling community to contribute to this project and also collecting technical requirements and specifications that will be required to potentially host and maintain those models on the Common modelling platform. This “call for expression of interest” is non-binding and the EMH cannot commit, at this time, that the proposed model will be integrated into the EMH platform.
If their model is selected by the EMH, the developer’s team will benefit, in a subsequent phase, from technical support from the EMH for integration to the common platform; the EMH will also provide the means to maintain those models —including datasets— on the platform over the long run.
The EMH is currently integrating its first two models onto the platform, both developed by the University of Victoria : 1) COPPER – a capacity expansion planning model that optimizes the design of the power system under various policy scenarios (e.g. a user-defined carbon tax) or to achieve a specified target (e.g. net-zero emissions) and; 2) SILVER is a production cost model that optimizes the operation of the power system through standardized unit commitment, economic dispatch, and optimal power flow simulations. It is expected that this integration will be completed in 2023, and that the EMH will be ready to integrate other models in Q4 2023.