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Why do we need economic models?

Is our energy future sunny and windy or do we go on burning fossil fuels? Watch Frank Krysiak and Hannes Weigt explaining the need for modeling.

In this course, you will learn how our environmental and energy economic models can be used to answer questions raised by environmental and energy policy.

We will show you how to transfer a question to a model, solve the model, and interpret the results.

Energy markets are currently facing significant changes and challenges all around the world. Models can help us to better understand and evaluate those developments.

So stick around if you want to know what our energy future could look like.

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For the same reason it might be a good idea to follow the mentors of this course, who will help to guide the discussions: Rebecca Lordan-Perret, Sebastian Schäfers, and Hector Ramirez. Mentoring will take place from 5th October 2020 to 9th November 2020.

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