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Sponsored Research

The Regional Research Institute occupies a unique position on the WVU campus. While limited in research staff, its activities and influence extend across a large number of disciplines, colleges and research units. 

All RRI staff members are expected to participate in external funding activities, including the preparation and submission of external funding proposals and the conduct of funded research. The RRI strives to include faculty from across campus in collaborative research proposals initiated in-house and also participates, whenever appropriate and possible, in initiatives centered elsewhere. Likewise, we seek to build relationships with researchers from other institutions, including continuing collaborations with scholars at other institutions, which have included the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie-Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Washington in Seattle, George Mason University, Florida International University, Pennsylvania State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Arizona State University and the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Power Systems Modeling & Infrastructure Analysis, Ad Hoc Studies: MARKAL to ECIO Translation I

Researchers: Randall Jackson and Peter Jarosi

Start Date: September 29, 2021

End Date: October 31, 2022

Funding Agency: NETL, $30,000

Project Summary: This activity focused on enhancing the accuracy of the power source production functions that are used in translating the technology deployments predicted by energy market models (such as MARKAL) to the inputs required by the NETL/WVU Econometric Input-output (EICO) model.

NETL Economic Modeling and General Program Benefits, Ad Hoc Studies: ECIO Technical Documentation I 

Researchers: Randall Jackson and Peter Jarosi

Start Date: September 29, 2021

End Date: October 31, 2022

Funding Agency: NETL, $20,000

Project Summary: The objective of this Technical Direction is to develop an updated documentation of the NETL/WVU Econometric Input-output model (ECIO).

ECIO Python Port and Updates: Supplements 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7

Researchers: Randall Jackson (PI) and Peter Jarosi, RRI West Virginia University.

Start Date: 5/1/2017

End Date: 10/31/2022

Funding Agency: NETL, $423,040

Project Summary: Update the Python based ECIO tool and employ it to provide economic impact assessments of shock-cases relative to reference cases. The ECIO model will be used to evaluate the economic impacts of potential coal power plant retirements and the potential impacts of extending the life of existing units based on NEMS forecasts. The updates will include the following tasks:

  • Regional Modeling enhancements: Development and implementation of regional impacts forecasts
  • Development and implementation of region-specific power generation technology mix enhancements
  • ECIO Model Documentation