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Western Power Network Planning – uSim Software
Western Power, a western Australia electricity network operator, was looking for a Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) solution for their Energy Forecasting 2.0 requirements as a part of their Grid Transformation Engine (GTEng) initiative. With the uptake of new grid technologies, the future of power generation and distribution will be vastly different to the past. In a rapidly changing energy environment, and a planning process that forward-assesses 50 years of infrastructure, Western Power needed a new way to predict the future more effectively. GTEng is a cutting-edge planning tool that models Western Power’s network over an exhaustive number of potential future scenarios which greatly enhances Western Power’s ability to predict and plan the infrastructure needs of its customers over the short, medium, and long term.
uSim Software - Predict the future more effectively
Energy Forecast 2.0 is the second generation, agent-based forecasting system Western Power is developing as part of its overall GTEng modelling initiative. Following a review of the options for delivering Western Power’s Energy Forecast 2.0 vision, Energeia’s agent-based uSim software was identified as a solution capable of meeting most of Energy Forecast 2.0 requirements out of the box. The project included setup, configuration, and calibration of uSim to deliver specified GTEng input requirements on a network, asset, and agent basis, including key forecasts for distributed energy resources (DER), energy efficiency (EE), and demand response (DR), peak and minimum demand, and network constraints.
Through extensive modelling and utilisation of Energeia’s agent-based software, uSim, Energeia was able to provide Western Power with a 20-year forecast in 30-minute interval periods detailing DER, EE, DR, power demand, network constraints, and more at an astonishing granularity of 250×250-meter grids across the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).
Western Power is now continuing its forecasting efforts to plan the infrastructure needs of its customers over the short, medium, and long term, using Energeia’s outputs within their forecasting.
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