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DOE COMPUTER PROGRAM WILL BE ABLE TO ANALYZE IMPACT OF ENERGY POLICY ON MINORITIES

 DOE COMPUTER PROGRAM WILL BE ABLE TO ANALYZE IMPACT
 OF ENERGY POLICY ON MINORITIES
 WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Energy's Office of Minority Economic Impact (MI) has announced the forthcoming availability of an updated microsimulation model, the Minority Energy Assessment Model (MEAM). This model serves as an analytical tool able to be used on personal computers by individuals, including energy industry decision-makers. MEAM can be used by industry and others to evaluate the impact of energy policies on minorities. It provides results which can lead to more informed energy policy choices. It permits demand-side evaluation by taking socioeconomic data to generate estimates of energy demand and expenditures among minority groups. The model will be documented and available for public use in October.
 Legislation mandates that the SocioEconomic Research and Analysis Program (SERAP) in MI determine the socioeconomic and environmental effects of national energy programs, policies, and regulations of the Department of Energy on minorities. To achieve this objective, MI has sponsored and guided socioeconomic research during the past seven years in the Argonne National Laboratory Energy Systems Division. The SERAP has developed an extensive data base which has facilitated the development of analytical tools, such as the MEAM. Tools such as this provide a credible quantitative framework for long-term analysis of energy and environmental issues.
 The Department of Energy and the energy industry can use these data and models to assess the impacts of energy programs, policies, and legislative and regulatory proposals; to forecast the energy needs of consumers by population groups; to assess the feasibility and rationale of energy utility rate decisions; and to provide technical information from which business plans and market strategies for technology transfer and new energy technologies can be formulated.
 A demonstration of the MEAM will be held at an Office of Minority Economic Impact Symposium on SocioEconomic Research and Analysis Modeling on Tuesday, June 30, at the Forrestal Building. Researchers and policy analysts from the Office of Technology Assessment, the Congressional Research Service, energy and environmental public interest organizations, and electricity and natural gas utility organizations are among the attendees.
 The keynote speaker for the symposium will be John Easton, acting assistant secretary for DOE's Office of Domestic and International Energy Policy. Easton stated regarding the model, "In the development of energy policies, we need to know the extent to which potential policies could differentially affect various regions and population groups. Work being carried out in MI can help us in gathering this input."
 Melva G. Wray, director of MI said that, "It is important for us to share our research efforts. The analytical tools which have been structured by the SERAP are fundamental to the development of the energy industry's ability to address the serious gap between perception and reality in our complex energy system."
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