BITES breaks down complex energy issues
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created an energy analysis tool to allow users to explore how changes in energy demand and supply can impact carbon dioxide emissions and the current energy trajectory of the United States.
Dubbed BITES (Buildings, Industry, Transportation, and Electricity Scenarios), the tool looks at "what if" scenarios originally developed to examine strategic planning opportunities for DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
"BITES can help people understand the complex issues surrounding the energy and carbon implications of altering America's energy profile," said NREL Senior Analyst Austin Brown. "By imagining 'what-if' scenarios, users are able to adjust inputs from things like electricity generation to transportation fuel use in order to compare their outcomes to baseline cases."
Utilizing the web to investigate possible pathways for the U.S. energy economy, users can adjust assumptions to each sector of the U.S. economy in order to evaluate outcomes, or combine sector-specific strategies into a more complete picture of potential future energy use.
"Someone could calculate how much energy could be saved by making homes and businesses more efficient," Brown said. "They could also look at how much petroleum could be saved by making cars, trucks, and planes more efficient. And then, the users can put it all together and look at the combined impact of these situations."
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