Renewable Energy

Several renewable energy developers and their consultants are among PowerWorld customers. PowerWorld Corporation has also served as a consultant on several studies on the transmission effects of renewable resources. This page includes resources for using PowerWorld software and services to analyze and visualize the impact of adding renewable energy to the power grid.

Video Demos

Play CEC Demo Renewable Energy Analysis for California Energy Commission
Davis Power Consultants and PowerWorld Corporation.
Includes movie of simulated transmission loading in Northern California with projected expansion of wind energy. (Requires Adobe Flash Player, version 7 or higher.)

PowerWorld Software and Services

  • Simulator’s Time Step Simulation is great for modeling time-varying production from intermittent resources such as wind and solar.


Wind Power: Intermittency Studies, Scott Dahman, 2006 PowerWorld Client Conference.

Using PowerWorld Simulator for Analysis of Renewable Generation
Scott Dahman, 2005 PowerWorld Users’ Group Meeting

Technical Papers and Published Research

Emissions Impact Assessment of the Sustainable Energy Plan for Illinois
Shaw Environmental (with contributions from PowerWorld Corporation). July 24, 2007. Prepared for U.S. Department of Energy and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Large-Scale Integration of Wind Generation Including Network Temporal Security Analysis;
Grijalva, S.; Dahman, S.R.; Patten, K.J.; Visnesky, A.M.; IEEE Transaction on Energy Conversion, Volume 22, Issue 1, March 2007, Page(s) 181 – 188. (Requires IEEE Xplore Account for Full Article)

Intermittency Analysis Project (IAP): Final Report
Porter, K. and Intermittency Analysis Project Team (including Davis Power Consultants and PowerWorld Corporation). 2007. Intermittency Analysis Project: Summary of Final Results. California Energy Commission, PIER Research Development & Demonstration Program. CEC-500-2007-081.
CEC IAP Resource Page
Workshop Presentation, February 13, 2007.

The Effect of Generation on Network Security: Spatial Representation, Metrics, and Policy;
Grijalva, S.; Visnesky, A.M., Jr.; IEEE Transaction on Power Systems, Volume 21, Issue 3, August 2006, Page(s) 1388-1395. (Requires IEEE Xplore Account for Full Article)

WTLR Poster Related Poster
Presented at IEEE Power Engineering Society’s 2004 Power Systems Conference and Exposition (PSCE’04)

Strategic Value Analysis for Integrating Renewable Technologies in Meeting Target Renewable Penetration
Davis Power Consultants, PowerWorld Corporation, and Anthony Engineering. June 2005. Supporting Publication for 2005 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR), California Energy Commission, PIER Research Development & Demonstration Program. CEC-500-2005-106.
Full 2005 IEPR