Our view is that a model is a tool for learning and informing judgment, not for predicting the future. The FACETS analytical approach is designed to generate deeper understanding of the energy system and the policies that affect it, not static predictions of policy outcomes. We run and compare dozens of scenarios using state-of-the-art data handling tools, looking for the key risks and uncertainties, as well as the relationships that are stable across scenarios.
We work in an iterative, responsive way with clients and their designated stakeholders. We take a highly visual approach to working with model data, designing visualization and geographic information systems (GIS) tools that reveal model results without jargon and facilitate interactive analysis by those closest to the area of study.
All these tools are customized for each client and project in our VedaViz analysis system. They are designed to get clients working hands-on with model results, asking their own questions, starting dialogs about the results, and working with us and each other to learn about the system and the policies under study.
Map-based displays enable changes in energy infrastructure and trade patterns to be visually analyzed. A host of flexible, interactive forms of comparison graphics are available via an intuitive web interface, enabling analysts and stakeholders at a variety of technical levels to explore and interpret results, pose questions, and share insights. Results portals can then be developed to share findings with stakeholder groups and the broader public.
FACETS results can also be readily provided to other modeling tools for economic, air quality, and health benefit analysis.