The state of macro-energy systems research: Common critiques, current progress, and research priorities

Rachel Moglen, Kiran Prakash Chawla, Patricia Levi, Yinong Sun, Oladoyin Phillips, Benjamin D. Leibowicz, Jesse D. Jenkins, Emily A. Grubert

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Abstract

The growing field of macro-energy systems (MES) brings together the interdisciplinary community of researchers studying the equitable and low-carbon future of humanity's energy systems. As MES matures as a community of scholars, a coherent consensus about the key challenges and future directions of the field can be lacking. This paper is a response to this need. In this paper, we first discuss the primary critiques of model-based MES research that have emerged because MES was proposed as a way to unify related interdisciplinary research. We discuss these critiques and current efforts to address them by the coalescing MES community. We then outline future directions for growth motivated by these critiques. These research priorities include both best practices for the community and methodological improvements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106325
JournaliScience
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 21 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General

Keywords

  • Energy management
  • Energy modeling
  • Energy policy
  • Energy systems

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