The Commission is developing a new energy system model which is capable of analysing the EU's energy systems in high level of detail.
The model – METIS – can simulate the operation of both energy systems and energy markets for electricity, gas and heat on an hourly basis for a whole year. It can also factor in uncertainties like variations in the weather – particularly useful for planning the integration of more renewable energy.
Recently, METIS has been used to feed in to the Commission's Clean Energy for All Europeans package of policy proposals by providing fact-based information on renewable energy, energy market design and energy security issues.
The model complements the Commission's other modelling tools like PRIMES and POTEnCIA so that a wide range of analytical tools are used to inform Commission policy proposals.