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Rhode Island Energy Policy Simulator

The Rhode Island Energy Policy Simulator (EPS) is a free and open-source computer model created by Energy Innovation LLC and RMI. It is adapted from software originally created by Energy Innovation LLC.

Model Download

The Rhode Island Energy Policy Simulator may be used on this website through your web browser, or the full version may be downloaded to your computer by clicking the button below. Note that you will need to go through the steps explained on the EPS download page in order to install the required software and make use of the downloadable version of the model.

Download the Rhode Island Energy Policy Simulator

U.S. State EPS Methodology

The U.S. State EPS Methodology page details our basic modeling assumptions, data sources, and methodology by sector. Additionally, we include information on the business-as-usual (BAU) and nationally determined contribution (NDC) scenario assumptions.

Customized Scenario Developed for Rhode Island 2022 Climate Plan Update

In December of 2022, the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) voted to accept the Rhode Island 2022 Climate Update, an update to the state’s 2016 GHG emissions reduction plan. As part of this effort, Acadia Center, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), developed a customized scenario using the Rhode Island Energy Policy Simulator. The customized scenario, titled “Rhode Island 2020 Climate Plan Update”, can be found in the policy scenario selector drop-down menu on the Rhode Island EPS homepage.

The purpose of the scenario is to provide a high-level decarbonization analysis based on a select subset of key policies identified in the 2022 Climate Update and approximate the potential of these policies to assist the state in achieving Rhode Island’s overarching climate goal of a 45% reduction in GHG emissions below 1990 levels by 2030. The customized scenario estimates that the subset of key policies will reduce emissions approximately 39% below the 1990 baseline by 2030. The scenario does not represent an exhaustive list of all policies and actions the state plans to implement to achieve the 2030 emissions target.

Rhode Island’s 2022 Climate Update can be found here. Details on the EPS customized scenario analysis can be found in the technical appendix of the plan. Additionally, Acadia Center developed a research note highlighting some key results from the customized EPS scenario that can be found here.

Acknowledgement of Contributors and Reviewers

We would like to acknowledge the following people who made the U.S. State Energy Policy Simulators possible.

  • Ashna Aggarwal, RMI
  • Olivia Ashmoore, Energy Innovation LLC
  • Ben Butterworth, Acadia Center
  • Kyle Clark-Sutton, RMI
  • Nathan Iyer, RMI
  • Megan Mahajan, Energy Innovation LLC
  • Robbie Orvis, Energy Innovation LLC

Version History - June 9, 2023

  • Bug fix
    • Prevent rare Vensim error caused by negative ppriority values in ALLOCATE AVAILABLE function - May 19, 2023

  • Bug fix
    • Allow changes in capacity construction subsidies to affect electricity prices - February 6, 2023

  • Official launch of the U.S. State Energy Policy Simulators

Software License

The Energy Policy Simulator (EPS) is released under the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3) or any later version and is free and open-source software. Refer to the Software License page for full details.

Image Credits

Newport, Rhode Island
Rahul Anand
License: Unsplash License
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