Energy Resource Modeling Datasets 

This page lists modeling input datasets used by Energy Division.  The datasets are fundamental inputs to Energy Division modeling and other analytical work products.

Modeling Input Datasets 

 

Load Shapes

Each link below opens a file containing hourly load for each region included in the zonal production cost model used by Energy Division, the SERVM model developed by Astrape Consulting.  A region in the model generally represents a Balancing Authority Area (or a large portion of a BAA) within the Western Interconnect (referred to as the “WECC” region or area for short).  The load shapes in each file are scaled to a particular study year, based on the California Energy Commission’s adopted 2015 IEPR demand forecast for 2016-2026. 

Each Excel file below contains one sheet, with columns that correspond to each BAA or portion of a BAA (25 total) included in the SERVM model of the WECC.

California Regions

Regions external to California

IID (Imperial Irrigation District) Balancing Authority Area (BAA)

AZPS including HGMA, GRMA, and DEAA

Portland General Electric

WALC

LADWP BAA

BCHA and AESO

TEPC

PG&E Bay Area (Greater Bay Area LCR Area)

PSCO

WACM

PG&E Valley (Non-Bay PG&E Service Territory)

CFE

PACE

SCE Service Area

NWMT with GWA and WAUW

BPA including several smaller utilities

SDG&E Service Territory

NEVP

IPCO

Balancing Authority of Northern California (aka SMUD)

PNM and EPE

SPPC

TID (Turlock Irrigation District) BAA

PACW

SRP


Each column contains 35 years of hourly load (representing weather from 1980 to 2014) each scaled to the peak and total energy forecasted for the indicated study year.  Each year corresponds to the 1990 modeling test year, meaning the first day of the year is a Monday, and all holidays and weekends correspond to 1990 dates. 

Intermittent Generation Profiles

Each link below opens a fileset containing hourly generation from each individual intermittent resource in each region included in the zonal production cost model used by Energy Division.  The hourly generation values (MW) are scaled to match the installed capacity online (capmax) in the intended study year.  Resources that are not online in any given study year will have 0 generation in each hour.  The portfolio of intermittent resources online in any given study year derives from the “Final 2016 RPS Portfolios for LTPP” developed by the RPS Calculator version 6.2.

Each row represents one resource and resources are grouped together by region.  Each tab represents one historical weather year (from 1980 through 2014) and all data temporally align with the 1990 modeling test year, meaning the first day of the year is a Monday, and all holidays and weekends correspond to 1990 dates.  [Note: these are very large files and the range of historical weather years are separated into different files to manage file size.]

Other WECC-wide datasets

The files linked below include other important assumptions and inputs typically needed for modeling the WECC area with hourly detail in a production cost modeling environment.


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