This spreadsheet serves as an Input file to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Waste-to-Energy System Simulation (WESyS) model developed in Stella Pro (isee systems, Lebanon, NH). WESyS is a national-level system dynamics model that simulates energy production from three sectors of the U.S. waste-to-energy industry: landfills, confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and publically owned treatment works (POTWs).
For our purposes, a scenario is a set of model conditions (i.e. parameter settings) that approximate a specified condition or potential reality. The RIN/LCFS scenario represents biofuel production incentives from both the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). To implement this scenario, we modified the model structure to 1) accept time series data that represent the production incentives from the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market and 2) mimic the low carbon fuel standard credit calculations. For both of these programs, the incentive is accrued at the point of production.