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New energy model offers transparency to let others replicate findings


August 27, 2013

image of solar panels Computer models are used to inform policy decisions about energy, but existing models are generally "black boxes" that don't show how they work, making it impossible for anyone to replicate their findings. Now, researchers have developed a new open-source model and are sharing the data they put into it, to allow anyone to check their work--an important advance given the environmental and economic impact of energy policy decisions. Full Story

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