Evaluating the Value of High Spatial Resolution in National Capacity Expansion Models using ReEDS

Venkat Krishnan, Wesley Cole

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This poster is based on the paper of the same name, presented at the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, July18, 2016. Power sector capacity expansion models (CEMs) have a broad range of spatial resolutions. This paper uses the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) model, a long-term national scale electric sector CEM, to evaluate the value of high spatial resolution for CEMs. ReEDS models the United States with 134 load balancing areas (BAs) and captures the variability in existing generation parameters, future technology costs, performance, and resource availability using very high spatial resolution data, especially for wind and solar modeled at 356 resource regions. In this paper we perform planning studies at three different spatial resolutions - native resolution (134 BAs), state-level, and NERC region level - and evaluate how results change under different levels of spatial aggregation in terms of renewable capacity deployment and location, associated transmission builds, and system costs. The results are used to ascertain the value of high geographically resolved models in terms of their impact on relative competitiveness among renewable energy resources.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2016 IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) General Meeting, 17-21 July 2016, Boston, Massachusetts

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-6A20-66786


  • balancing areas
  • capacity expansion models
  • capacity expansion planning
  • future technology
  • power sector
  • regional energy deployment system model
  • spatial resolution
  • United States


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