You can run a scenario calculation in NEMO for certain years only by using the
calcyears argument for
calculatescenario. You can also set this argument in a NEMO configuration file. When you specify a value for
calcyears, NEMO restricts the scenario's optimization problem to the years you select (provided they are defined in the scenario's database). The problem's objective is to minimize discounted costs in those years. If you don't supply a value for
calcyears, all years in the scenario database are included in the calculation.
Calculating selected years offers a way quickly to generate results from large, complex models. While the results may not be identical to what you would get if you calculated all years, NEMO takes several steps to ensure they are a reasonable approximation. Specifically, when
calcyears is invoked, NEMO:
Calculates discounted investment costs for technologies and storage by distributing the costs over modeled (selected) and non-modeled years. Each modeled year is taken as the endpoint of an interval that starts after the prior modeled year (or at the beginning of the first year in the scenario database [the first scenario year], if there is no prior modeled year). For discounting purposes, investment costs incurred in a modeled year are assumed to be spread equally over the year's interval. NEMO's output variables for discounted technology and storage investment costs (
vdiscountedcapitalinvestmentstorage) reflect this adjustment.
Calculates discounted transmission investment costs in the same way as discounted technology/storage investment costs if the
true. In this case, the output variable
vdiscountedcapitalinvestmenttransmissionincludes the adjustment.
Estimates discounted operation and maintenance costs for technologies in non-modeled years. Fixed costs are estimated by assuming that capacity evolves in a linear fashion between modeled years (or, if a modeled year's interval begins with the first scenario year, that there is a linear change from the residual capacity in that year to the capacity in the modeled year). Variable costs are computed by assuming activity changes in a linear fashion between modeled years (or, if a modeled year's interval begins with the first scenario year, that the activity in the modeled year recurs in other years in the interval). The output variable
vdiscountedoperatingcostincludes these adjustments.
Similarly estimates discounted transmission operation and maintenance costs in non-modeled years. For exogenously specified lines (where
yconstructionis defined), fixed costs in non-modeled years depend on whether the line exists in those years. For candidate lines NEMO may build endogenously (
yconstructionis not provided), fixed costs are calculated by assuming that the fraction built of each line evolves linearly between modeled years (the fraction built at the start of the first scenario year is 0). This assumption for candidate lines only applies when
true. Variable costs in non-modeled years are estimated by assuming transmission activity changes in a linear fashion between modeled years (or, if a modeled year's interval begins with the first scenario year, that the activity in the modeled year also holds in other years in the interval). These adjustments are included in the output variable
Estimates discounted technology emission penalties in non-modeled years. The penalties are computed by assuming that penalty amounts evolve linearly between modeled years (or, if a modeled year's interval begins with the first scenario year, that the penalty in the modeled year recurs in other years in the interval). The output variable
vdiscountedtechnologyemissionspenaltyincludes this adjustment.
All of these adjustments are also incorporated in NEMO's output variables that sum discounted costs:
vtotaldiscountedcost. Note that salvage values for storage, transmission, and technologies are still based on asset value remaining in the last year in the scenario database (the last scenario year), so using
calcyears does not alter how they are calculated. Whether or not
calcyears is invoked, NEMO discounts all costs to the first scenario year.
NEMO also makes a few other changes when you turn on
- Annual capacity addition limits for technologies (
TotalAnnualMinCapacityInvestment) and storage (
TotalAnnualMinCapacityInvestmentStorage) are scaled up by multiplying them by the number of years in each modeled year's interval.
If you calculate selected years, capacity additions in a modeled year are best construed as additions during the interval corresponding to the year. As noted above, each modeled year's interval begins with the year following the prior modeled year (or the first scenario year, if there is no prior modeled year) and ends with the modeled year. For example, if the first scenario year is 2020 and you calculate 2020, 2030, and 2040, the intervals are as follows: 2020, 2021-2030, and 2031-2040.
Energy in storage is not transferred between non-contiguous modeled years (i.e., if there is a gap between modeled years). This restriction applies even if none of the net zero attributes of storage (
netzerotg2) is enabled.
StorageLevelStartparameter is interpreted as the fraction of exogenous storage capacity that is charged at the start of the first modeled year.
Model period technology activity and emission limits (
ModelPeriodEmissionLimit) are not enforced. NEMO warns you if your scenario database includes these parameters.