ICF employs a unique modeling approach that integrates proprietary and licensed models to examine power supply and demand, electric transmission, fuel dynamics and pricing, and environmental factors.
The right tools are crucial to successfully navigating an uncertain energy future. ICF's approach enables our staff to successfully provide clients with detailed insights, meaningful conclusions, and actionable recommendations, based on an integrated and fundamentals-based view of energy markets.
A suite of state-of-the-art power market tools underpins much of our analyses. These tools have been tested repeatedly in a variety of public forums and in the hearing room. ICF’s approach includes a focus on fundamentals-based tools that are applied in order to provide meaningful conclusions and recommendations to our clients so the right tool or set of tools is applied to the problem.
IPM® and EADSS™ are registered trademarks of ICF.
ICF's Integrated Planning Model (IPM) provides true integration of wholesale power, system reliability, environmental constraints, fuel choice, transmission, capacity expansion, and all key operational elements of generators on the power grid in a linear optimization framework.
ICF's Gas Market Model (GMM) is a proprietary nonlinear programming software model that provides clients with analysis and forecasts of regional gas markets throughout North America.
Energy Asset Decision Support System (EADSS) is a flexible network-based model that can represent multiple asset types (e.g., gas and power together) along with detailed market and operational rules in a stochastic modeling framework that considers uncertainties in its optimization process.
ICF's Market Clearing Engine (MCE) is a software system that determines the daily operational and pricing schedules for Australia's Victorian natural gas market, including optimal hourly receipts and deliveries of gas based on the bids and physical constraints within the system.
This spreadsheet dispatch model can be used to study various impacts of intermittent generation and load variations.
ICF has developed the Carbon Planning Model (CPM™), a market scenario analysis tool for modeling carbon market prices based upon fluctuations in supply, with feedback loops that fluctuate demand as a function of carbon prices and marginal abatement costs.
ICF's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management System (GEMS®) is a concept and framework for managing economic emission reductions, enabling the user to directly evaluate alternative lower emission technologies and track changes to manage risk and evaluate potential GHG reduction investments.
ICF's GHGPortfolio evaluates current and prospective greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction projects on the basis of specific and highly stringent policy and project risk factors.
ICF's Carbon Pricing Tool (InCaP) forecasts the average annual market price of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission instruments (allowances and emission reduction credits) for user-defined supply and demand scenarios through 2027 to help clients develop strategies for carbon trading.
ICF's proprietary Rating and Evaluation System for Prioritising Investments in Reducing Emissions (RESPIRE®) assists managers in prioritizing their energy and carbon saving options, analyzing the variables that determine the value and feasibility of an energy or carbon-saving project in the real-world commercial environment.
The Building Energy Analysis Console® energy simulation and analysis modeling platform can determine the impact of occupant behavior, building characteristics, or external influences such as weather conditions and utility costs.
EEPM is a sophisticated measure-based model that projects the technical, economic, and achievable potential of a wide range of gas and electric efficiency upgrades under market intervention scenarios. EEPM uses region specific data, including avoided costs, market size, rates, and other information to characterize a detailed representation of individual measures, programs, and portfolios of programs.
EMDB is an extensive database of efficiency measures associated with residential, commercial, and industrial technologies. For each measure, EMDB documents measure characteristics such as savings, incremental cost, and O&M.