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SEI Launches 2012 Version of Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) System

29 July 2012: The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has released an updated version of its Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) system, which includes improvements of modeling tools and data management, and a close integration with its Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system.

LEAP is a software system for integrated energy planning and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation assessment. Some of the new features of LEAP2012 include: new quantitative modeling tools to analyze water-energy trade-offs by integrating LEAP2012 with SEI's WEAP system; a refinement of LEAP's optimization modeling to work with the latest version of the Open Source Energy Modelling System (OSeMOSYS); better modeling of environmental externalities, in particular pollution costs; improvements in seasonal, time-of-day and day-of-week modeling; new energy demand modeling methods; improved chart management functions; and a new option to aggregate results into different groupings across both regions and fuel types.

The new version of LEAP is available for free to current users. SEI distributes LEAP free of charge to governments, universities, and not-for-profit organizations in the developing world and to students worldwide, while business pay for a licensing agreement. [SEI Press Release] [SEI Web Anouncement] [LEAP Introductory Slideshow] [LEAP Download]