LEAP: Training Materials

Although LEAP is designed to simplify the many complex tasks in energy and environmental analysis, we strongly recommend that users obtain one or two weeks of formal training before they embark on a major analysis.  Training is available from SEI and its regional partners, and workshops can be tailored to fit the requirements of different users.  Please contact us to enquire further.

The following materials are used as part of LEAP training workshops. They are made available here for those who want to study in advance of a workshop or for those who wish to study independently.

Partial and completed LEAP data sets (areas) to accompany the following training exercises are installed with LEAP2012. Use the Area: Revert to Version menu option in LEAP to switch among the different versions of the areas referred to in these Training Exercises.

We are always looking for volunteers to translate these materials into additional languages. Please contact us if you are interested and we will happily send you editable versions of these documents.

General Purpose Training Materials

The following documents contain six training exercises.

  • The first four exercises teach the basic skills needed to use LEAP including energy modeling; energy supply analysis; electric system capacity expansion and dispatch simulation; emissions analysis and energy system cost-benefit analysis from a social perspective. Open LEAP area Freedonia for this exercise.
  • The fifth exercise focuses on the transport sector: showing how to model energy use and emission using a vehicle stock-turnover modeling approach. Open LEAP area Transport Exercise for this exercise.
  • Exercise six demonstrates the use of LEAP's optimizing calculations for assesing various alternative electric generation options. Open LEAP area Optimization Exercise for this exercise.

These exercises are available in a number of different language translations:

Training Exercises for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

This set of exercises introduces some of the basic techniques used in a GHG Mitigation Assessment.

  1. In the first exercise, you use a spreadsheet-based tool to conduct a simplified screening of a range of mitigation options. This consists of analyzing the costs and mitigation potential for each option and displaying these on a standard Marginal Abatement Cost (MAC) curve.
  2. In a second exercise you will examine these options based on other criteria that may be important for national development objectives, by conducting a multi criteria assessment (in the same spreadsheet).
  3. Finally, in a third exercise you will take some of the options developed in exercise one and use these to create a mitigation scenario within LEAP, which you will then compare to an already existing baseline scenario.

For these exercise, open the area named GHG Mitigation Exercise in LEAP. The partial and complete versions of the Excel sheet used in the exercise are available below.

Training Exercises for Integrated Water/Energy Planning

This exercise described how to link the WEAP and LEAP systems for integrated water and energy planning. The exercises assume you have basic knowledge of both the WEAP and LEAP systems. If you are unfamiliar with either of these systems we suggest you first work through the introductory training exercises for both systems. See above for LEAP. The WEAP training materials are available here. Before using these exercises you must install and register both LEAP and WEAP on a single PC. You can download WEAP here. For this exercise, open the area named WEAP-LEAP Tutorial in LEAP. The partial and complete versions of the Excel sheet used in the exercise are available below.

Additional User-Contributed Materials