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This is a similar question to the one posed as "Why do I get negative results in all impact categories?", however it deals with the LCA Commons database from USDA.

Are you aware of issues using the "Auto-link processes" function with NREL data? 

As an example, I created a simple product system with 1 input (1MJ of Electricity, anthracite coal, at power plant - RNA). If I auto-link the processes when generating the product system, many impact assessment categories have negative values. 

Any tips would be great. Thanks!

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Hi, Thanks a lot for your reply. So I did the same as you said and figured out for which upstream process I was getting negative results and once I remove it from the supply chain, I can see the positive results.
Now my concern is what does it imply by removing the supply of an upstream process? I mean does it somehow alter the boundary that I have chosen for my study? I am sorry if my question sounds silly, I do not have an extensive understanding of this.

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Make sure you are using the latest version of the US LCI. I believe this issue has been resolved.

https://github.com/uslci-admin/uslci-content/blob/dev/docs/release_info/press-release.md#2020-summer-quarter-scheduled-june-30-occurred-july-14
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I’m using the most recent version provided by GreenDelta (paid for this).
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@byoung is correct; this issue was resolved with the corrections released as of the USLCI 2020 (Summer Quarter) version. 

The Nexus paid-for version does not reflect this correction. If you use the latest version of USLCI from the Federal LCA Commons, you will also need methods adapted to the Federal Elementary Flow List (FEDEFL), to which the USLCI converted in 2019. The FEDEFL and the FEDEFL-adapted methods are available on the Federal LCA Commons for download and import, e.g., into your openLCA desktop application. Please see the USLCI GitHub Support Content (https://github.com/uslci-admin/uslci-content/wiki) and/or the NREL USLCI Quick Help YouTube video series (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmIn8Hncs7bFUOyXZNGXwG4LtdoTfLz6Q) for details on USLCI Database versioning, using FEDEFL-adapted methods, and running calculations on USLCI in openLCA.

Alternatively, you can manually implement relevant corrections from the USLCI Change Log into the Nexus paid-for verison: https://github.com/uslci-admin/uslci-content/blob/dev/docs/release_info/change-log.md.

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Thank you Rebe - it is a bit embarassing for us of course and we should try to get the versions faster on Nexus!
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