NIST Transactive Energy Modeling and Simulation Challenge Phase II Final Report: NIST Special Publication 1900-603

Annabelle Pratt, Mark Ruth, Fei Ding, David Holmberg, Martin Burns, Steven Bushby, Avi Gopstein, Tom McDermott, Yingying Tang, Qiuhua Huang, Yogesh Bichpuriya, Narayanan Rajagopal, Marija Ilic, Rupamathi Jaddivada, Himanshu Neema

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The NIST Transactive Energy (TE) Modeling and Simulation Challenge for the Smart Grid (Challenge) spanned from 2015 to 2018. The TE Challenge was initiated to identify existing simulation tools and expertise that might be developed or combined in co-simulation platforms to enable the evaluation of transactive energy approaches. Phase I of the Challenge spanned 2015 to 2016, with team efforts that improved understanding of TE concepts, identified relevant simulation tools and co-simulation platforms, and inspired the development of a TE co-simulation abstract component model that paved the way for Phase II. The Phase II effort spanned Spring 2017 through Spring 2018, where the teams collaboratively developed a specific TE problem scenario, a common grid topology, and common reporting metrics to enable direct comparison the results from simulation of each team's TE approach for the defined scenario. This report presents an overview of the TE Challenge, the TE abstract component model, and the common scenario. It also compiles the individual Challenge participants' research reports from Phase II. The common scenario involves a weather event impacting a distribution grid with very high penetration of photovoltaics, leading to voltage regulation challenges that are to be mitigated by TE methods. Four teams worked with this common scenario and different TE models to incentivize distributed resource response to voltage deviations, performing these simulations on different simulation platforms. A fifth team focused on a co-simulation platform that can be used for online TE simulations with existing co-simulation components.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages147
StatePublished - 2019

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5D00-73049


  • co-simulation platform
  • modeling and simulation
  • smart grid
  • transactive energy
  • voltage regulation


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