Realistic Synthetic Distribution Grids: Summary of Validation Results

Venkat Krishnan, Tarek Elgindy, Bryan Palmintier, Carlos Mateo, Fernando Postigo, Pablo Duenas, Jean-Sebastien Lacroix, Tomas San Roman, Bruce Bugbee

Research output: NRELPresentation


The presentation slides will walk us through the validation process and results of the synthetic distribution grid data. The synthetic grids for the distribution systems were developed as part of the ARPA-E funded GRIDDATA program project, SMART-DS. Three large scale datasets for US style distribution system were developed: 1) SAF: Santa Fe urban region, 2) GSO: Greensboro urban, semi-urban and industrial region, and 3) SFO: San Francisco Bay Area urban, semi-urban, industrial and rural areas. These datasets were validated using a three-pronged validation process, including statistical, operational and expert validation phases; the results of which have been summarized in this deck.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePresented at the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Systems Stem Meeting, 4-6 December 2019, Richmond, Virginia

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5D00-75723


  • operational power flow verification
  • smart grid
  • statistical metrics
  • synthetic electric distribution systems
  • validation


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