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Apples to Oranges to Chinese Gooseberries: Pledges for the Paris climate talks

Max Henrion 01 Oct 2015 Energy and environment, News

October 1, 2015 was the UN's deadline to receive national pledges for the UN Climate Change Treaty to be negotiated in Paris this December. At the end of February, the UN received the first submission — Switzerland's proposal to reduce...

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Cost effectiveness of installing rooftop solar panels

Lonnie Chrisman 03 Mar 2015 Analytica tips, Energy and environment

If you are new to modeling, it can be very helpful to watch someone build a model from start to finish. I created a model to decide whether it would be cost-effective to install solar panels on the roof of...

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Marginal Abatement

Lonnie Chrisman 25 Jan 2015 Analytica tips, Energy and environment

Analytica models in the energy sector often include a Marginal Abatement graph for CO2 emissions. In this post I explain briefly what a Marginal Abatement graph is and provide steps for creating one of these graphs in Analytica. I have...

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Expenditure from Santa’s global tour

Lonnie Chrisman 04 Dec 2014 Energy and environment, News

In a few weeks, Santa Claus will embark on his annual Christmas eve ritual, delivering presents to the good little boys and girls around the world. In this article, I look at the net energy expenditure and greenhouse gas emissions...

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Congratulations to Dr. Max Henrion for Decision Analysis Society's 2014 Best Practice Award

Lonnie Chrisman 13 Nov 2014 Case studies and applications, Energy and environment, News

      I want to offer my congratulations to my colleague here at Lumina Decision Systems, our CEO Dr. Max Henrion. The annual INFORMS conference took place this week in San Francisco, where Max gave a presentation on the 

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Smart Grid Electricity Management and Decision Analytics

Sean Salleh 04 Dec 2013 Analytics and OR, Case studies and applications, Energy and environment, Modeling methods, Risk and uncertainty

To smart or not to smart, that is the question! Except, despite what our TV offerings often display, going smart is always the best choice. Like any human-made system, we should aim toward smart designs, and we need this for...

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Climate Change Effects and Econometric Electricity Demand Forecasting

Sean Salleh 02 Dec 2013 Analytics and OR, Energy and environment, Risk and uncertainty

Whether you find global warming as an ethereal notion only worthy of banter or,  like many scientists, a real phenomenon to be studied, the effects pose difficulty for practitioners to forecast the behavior of commodities like electricity and...

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Green Decision Analysis and Preferences from Paper Towels to Cars

Sean Salleh 13 Nov 2013 Analytics and OR, Energy and environment, Modeling methods

You stop by the store to buy some stuff before heading home from work. Cereal, pasta sauce, and pomegranate juice land in your cart, but then you pause to decide on which paper towel to get: a brand name pictured...

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Kite Energy Analysis, Planning, and Location

Sean Salleh 07 Nov 2013 Energy and environment, Modeling methods, Risk and uncertainty

Let’s go fly a kite- not just for fun but to power the world! However bold and ambitious, this is the subject of a 2009 article published in the Energies section of mdpi.com by geological and ecological scientists Cristina...

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Energy Optimization of Buildings through Customer Usage and Surveys

Sean Salleh 31 Oct 2013 Energy and environment, Risk and uncertainty

On the road to downtown, a façade of clouds hover about the forest of buildings. Air pollution is quite noticeable to the naked eye, but the lit rooms in skyscrapers at midnight portend a different pollution. There is a...

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