# Configuration files

When you calculate a scenario with NEMO, you can provide a configuration file that sets run-time options. The file should be named nemo.ini or nemo.cfg and should be available in Julia's working directory. To check the working directory in a Julia session, use the pwd function. To change the working directory, use cd.

NEMO configuration files are text files written in ini syntax. The following run-time options can be specified in a configuration file.

• calculatescenarioargs block (arguments for calculatescenario)
• calcyears - Comma-delimited list of years to include in the scenario calculation (should be a subset of the years defined in the scenario database). If this option is set in a configuration file, it overrides the calcyears argument for calculatescenario.
• varstosave - Comma-delimited list of output variables (Julia variable names) whose values should be saved in the scenario database at the end of the calculation. NEMO adds variables specified in a configuration file to those requested in the varstosave argument for calculatescenario.
• restrictvars - Indicates whether NEMO should conduct additional data analysis to limit the set of variables created in the optimization problem for the scenario (true or false). By default, to improve performance, NEMO selectively creates certain variables to avoid combinations of subscripts that do not exist in the scenario's data. This option increases the stringency of this filtering. It requires more processing time as the model is built, but it can substantially reduce the solve time for large models. If this option is specified in a configuration file, it overrides the restrictvars argument for calculatescenario.
• reportzeros - Indicates whether results saved in the scenario database should include values equal to zero (true or false). Forgoing zeros can substantially improve the performance of large models. If this option is specified in a configuration file, it overrides the reportzeros argument for calculatescenario.
• continuoustransmission - Indicates whether continuous (true) or binary (false) variables are used to represent investment decisions for candidate transmission lines. Continuous decision variables can decrease model run-time but may reduce the realism of transmission simulations. This option is not relevant in scenarios that do not model transmission. If it is specified in a configuration file, it overrides the continuoustransmission argument for calculatescenario.
• forcemip - Indicates whether NEMO is forced to formulate a mixed-integer optimization problem for the scenario (true or false). Activating this option can improve performance with some solvers (e.g., CPLEX, Mosek). If this option is specified in a configuration file, it overrides the forcemip argument for calculatescenario. If you do not activate forcemip (in a configuration file or as an argument for calculatescenario), the input parameters in your scenario database determine whether the optimization problem for the scenario is mixed-integer. See the note under Solver compatibility for more information.
• startvalsdbpath - Path to a previously calculated scenario database from which NEMO should take starting values for optimization variables. Paths containing spaces should be enclosed in double quotes ("). This option is used in conjunction with startvalsvars to warm start optimization. If it is specified in a configuration file, it overrides the startvalsdbpath argument for calculatescenario.
• startvalsvars - Comma-delimited list of variables (Julia variable names) for which starting values should be set. NEMO takes starting values from output variable results saved in the database identified by startvalsdbpath. Saved results are matched to variables in the optimization problem using the variables' subscripts, and starting values are set with JuMP's set_start_value function. If you don't provide a value for startvalsvars, NEMO sets starting values for all variables present in both the optimization problem and the startvalsdbpath database. If startvalsvars is specified in a configuration file, it overrides the startvalsvars argument for calculatescenario.
• precalcresultspath - Path to a previously calculated scenario database that NEMO should copy over the database specified by the calculatescenario dbpath argument. Paths containing spaces should be enclosed in double quotes ("). This option can also be a directory containing previously calculated scenario databases, in which case NEMO copies any file in the directory with the same name as the dbpath database. If this option is activated, the copying replaces normal scenario optimization. If you set precalcresultspath in a configuration file, it overrides the precalcresultspath argument for calculatescenario.
• quiet - Indicates whether NEMO should suppress low-priority status messages (which are otherwise printed to STDOUT). If this option is specified in a configuration file, it overrides the quiet argument for calculatescenario.
• solver block (solver options)
• parameters - Comma-delimited list of solver run-time parameters. Format: parameter1=value1, parameter2=value2, ...
• includes block (custom Julia scripts)
• beforescenariocalc - Path to a Julia script that should be run before NEMO calculates the scenario. The path should be defined relative to the Julia working directory (e.g., ./my_script.jl). Paths containing spaces should be enclosed in double quotes (").
• customconstraints - Path to a Julia script that should be run when NEMO builds constraints for the scenario. The script can be used to add custom constraints to the model. The path should be defined relative to the Julia working directory. Paths containing spaces should be enclosed in double quotes (").

NEMO comes with a sample configuration file saved at utils/nemo.ini in the NEMO package directory. You can find the NEMO package directory in Julia as follows:

julia> using NemoMod

julia> println(normpath(joinpath(pathof(NemoMod), "..", "..")))

Here's an example of a configuration file that sets a few of the available options.

[calculatescenarioargs]
varstosave=vnewcapacity,vtotalcapacityannual
continuoustransmission=true

[solver]
parameters=CPX_PARAM_DEPIND=-1,CPXPARAM_LPMethod=1  ; Parameters for CPLEX solver

[includes]
beforescenariocalc=./before_scenario_script.jl
customconstraints="c:/my path/custom_constraints.jl"

## Including a configuration file in a LEAP-NEMO model

If you're running NEMO through LEAP, you can include a NEMO configuration file in your LEAP model to have it used at calculation time. Options set in the file will override or add to the NEMO options LEAP would otherwise choose (see above for details on which options override defaults and which add to them).

Here are the steps to follow:

1. Create the configuration file and name it nemo.cfg.
2. Close your model in LEAP.
3. Locate the LEAP areas repository on your computer. The areas repository is a folder where LEAP saves all models installed on a computer; typically, it is in your Windows user's Documents folder and is named "LEAP Areas". As of LEAP version 2020.1.0.37, you can find the path to the LEAP areas repository within LEAP by looking at Settings -> Folders -> Areas.
4. Copy the configuration file to your model's folder in the LEAP areas repository. This folder will have the same name as your model.
5. Open the model in LEAP and calculate a scenario that optimizes with NEMO. If the configuration file is successfully used in the calculation, you should see output in the NEMO window that indicates the file was read (unless you set the quiet option in the configuration file to true - this suppresses the output).
Note

When modifying an existing NEMO configuration file in a LEAP-NEMO model, be sure to close the model in LEAP first. Otherwise your changes may not be applied correctly.