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Title: Implications of Model Structure and Detail for Utility Planning: Scenario Case Studies Using the Resource Planning Model

Abstract

In this report, we analyze the impacts of model configuration and detail in capacity expansion models, computational tools used by utility planners looking to find the least cost option for planning the system and by researchers or policy makers attempting to understand the effects of various policy implementations. The present analysis focuses on the importance of model configurations — particularly those related to capacity credit, dispatch modeling, and transmission modeling — to the construction of scenario futures. Our analysis is primarily directed toward advanced tools used for utility planning and is focused on those impacts that are most relevant to decisions with respect to future renewable capacity deployment. To serve this purpose, we develop and employ the NREL Resource Planning Model to conduct a case study analysis that explores 12 separate capacity expansion scenarios of the Western Interconnection through 2030.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Energy Analysis (EI-30) (Energy Analysis Corporate)
OSTI Identifier:
1334388
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-6A20-63972
7538
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; model-spatial-temporal structure; dispatch modeling; system costs; emissions

Citation Formats

Mai, Trieu, Barrows, Clayton, Lopez, Anthony, Hale, Elaine, Dyson, Mark, and Eurek, Kelly. Implications of Model Structure and Detail for Utility Planning: Scenario Case Studies Using the Resource Planning Model. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.2172/1334388.
Mai, Trieu, Barrows, Clayton, Lopez, Anthony, Hale, Elaine, Dyson, Mark, & Eurek, Kelly. Implications of Model Structure and Detail for Utility Planning: Scenario Case Studies Using the Resource Planning Model. United States. doi:10.2172/1334388.
Mai, Trieu, Barrows, Clayton, Lopez, Anthony, Hale, Elaine, Dyson, Mark, and Eurek, Kelly. Wed . "Implications of Model Structure and Detail for Utility Planning: Scenario Case Studies Using the Resource Planning Model". United States. doi:10.2172/1334388. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1334388.
@article{osti_1334388,
title = {Implications of Model Structure and Detail for Utility Planning: Scenario Case Studies Using the Resource Planning Model},
author = {Mai, Trieu and Barrows, Clayton and Lopez, Anthony and Hale, Elaine and Dyson, Mark and Eurek, Kelly},
abstractNote = {In this report, we analyze the impacts of model configuration and detail in capacity expansion models, computational tools used by utility planners looking to find the least cost option for planning the system and by researchers or policy makers attempting to understand the effects of various policy implementations. The present analysis focuses on the importance of model configurations — particularly those related to capacity credit, dispatch modeling, and transmission modeling — to the construction of scenario futures. Our analysis is primarily directed toward advanced tools used for utility planning and is focused on those impacts that are most relevant to decisions with respect to future renewable capacity deployment. To serve this purpose, we develop and employ the NREL Resource Planning Model to conduct a case study analysis that explores 12 separate capacity expansion scenarios of the Western Interconnection through 2030.},
doi = {10.2172/1334388},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Apr 01 00:00:00 EDT 2015},
month = {Wed Apr 01 00:00:00 EDT 2015}
}

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