The Demand-Side Grid (dsgrid) Model

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This presentation gives a high-level overview of the recently published demand-side grid (dsgrid) model documentation. The general modeling philosophy and technical approach of dsgrid is described, as is an initial data set covering 2012 contiguous United States (CONUS) electricity demand. The initial data set describes about 80% of electrical load at an hourly level by county, subsector and end use. Coarser models and data sets are used to describe the remainder. Model residuals are calculated at different levels of aggregation by leveraging historical electricity sector data and a model of 2012 distributed generation. Overall, the dsgrid model has been developed to support analysis of future load scenarios, including interactive effects between energy efficiency, electrification, demand response, renewable energy, battery energy (or other forms of) storage, and future grid conditions broadly construed. Planned future work includes the development of future load scenarios and physically realistic estimates of the flexible load resource.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages44
StatePublished - 2018

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-72388


  • commercial
  • demand response
  • electric vehicles
  • electricity demand
  • electrification
  • industrial
  • residential
  • transportation


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