Our energy modeling activities focus on the development, support and application of LEAP: the Long range Energy Alternatives Planning System, a software tool for energy policy analysis and climate change mitigation assessment. We work in three main areas:
- LEAP Development and Support: LEAP has been adopted by thousands of organizations in more than 190 countries worldwide, including government agencies, academics, non-governmental organizations, consultancies and energy utilities. It has been used at many different scales ranging from cities and states to national, regional and even global applications. LEAP and its associated training materials and documentation are distributed free of charge to qualified academic, governmental and nonprofit organizations based in the developing world and to students worldwide. We continue to develop LEAP and support its many users all around the world.
- Scenario Studies: We apply LEAP in a wide variety of energy scenario studies, often in collaboration with partners around the world. Recent applications include a global assessment of energy scenarios to 2050 and analysis to support Mexico's Low Emissions Development Strategy.
- Capacity- and Community-Building: SEI is the founder and manager of COMMEND (COMMunity for ENergy environment & Development), an international initiative designed to foster a community among analysts working on energy for sustainable development. COMMEND helps connect analysts, especially in the global South, with colleagues and sources of institutional support, aiming to professionalize sustainable energy analysis in the South and increase its role in decision-making.