Beginner's Guide to Understanding Power System Model Results for Long-Term Resource Plans

Caitlin Murphy, Wesley Cole, Akash Karmakar

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This presentation summarizes a recently published beginner's guide for understanding power system model results for long-term resource plans. This guide is designed to improve decision-making in the electricity planning process by strengthening dialogue between system planners and relevant stakeholders. It focuses on interpreting scenario results generated by power system planning models. These results are often used to inform integrated resource plans, which are long-term plans for a utility to meet future electricity requirements. Whether you are a state utility commissioner, commission staff, part of a state energy office, an intervenor in the planning process, or another stakeholder, this guide is designed to help you better weigh in on the modeling methods or interpret the model results to improve decision-making. This guide can enhance your understanding to ask the right questions, which can enable better understanding of results and key assumptions, data, and methods.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2024

Publication series

NamePresented at the NASEO 2024 Energy Policy Outlook Conference, 6-9 February 2024, Washington, D.C.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-88645


  • grid planning
  • integrated resource plan
  • model results
  • power system
  • ReEDS


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