Capacity Expansion Modeling for Storage Technologies: NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Research output: NRELPresentation


The Resource Planning Model (RPM) is a capacity expansion model designed for regional power systems and high levels of renewable generation. Recent extensions capture value-stacking for storage technologies, including batteries and concentrating solar power with storage. After estimating per-unit capacity value and curtailment reduction potential, RPM co-optimizes investment decisions and reduced-form dispatch, accounting for planning reserves; energy value, including arbitrage and curtailment reduction; and three types of operating reserves. Multiple technology cost scenarios are analyzed to determine level of deployment in the Western Interconnection under various conditions.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages38
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NamePresented at the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Annual Meeting, 13-16 November 2016, Nashville, Tennessee

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-67532


  • battery storage
  • capacity expansion modeling
  • energy storage
  • grid services
  • power systems
  • renewable energy integration
  • value stacking


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