Knowledge Base

Time-Step Weather Example

This example shows how historic and forecast ERA5 weather files can be loaded into PowerWorld Simulator and be used to determine the Max MW capability of wind and solar generation. Features such as contouring and geographic data views (GDV) are also applied to enhance visualization and interpretation. The files may be downloaded here. Here is […]

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February 20, 2024

Simple Weather Example

This example introduces the basic functionality of PowerWorld Simulator’s weather integration capability and how other features, such as contouring and geographic data views (GDV), can enhance visualization and interpretation of how the weather can impact wind and solar generation. The files may be downloaded here. To apply the weather data and visualize results: Open the […]

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February 12, 2024

Power Transfer Limit Exceeded by OPF

The Optimal Power Flow (OPF) solution involves iteration between a linear program (LP) to adjust controls (usually generation) and a non-linear power flow. If an AC OPF is performed over a very large Area (or Super Area), the LP may attempt to dispatch generators in a manner that exceeds voltage stability margins (PV) or maximum […]

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October 17, 2023

EMP Waveforms Based on Published Research

The newest builds of PowerWorld Simulator with the GIC add-on no longer contain a function to calculate time-varying series voltage inputs for EMP E3A and E3B time and spatial functions based on Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) research [1] and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards. Going forward, non-uniform time and spatially varying electric fields will […]

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October 5, 2023

PJM Base Case Setup Process

Motivation: PJM Network Model power flow cases typically have a large generation/load imbalance that result in large positive or negative generation at the island slack bus and distorted flows on nearby lines and transformers. The island slack bus is often located within PJM. A recent example has -6.6 GW at Peach Bottom (PEACHBOT 22.00 kV). […]

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February 17, 2023

N-1-1 Contingency Scenario ATC Analysis

The ATC analysis in Simulator can include a set of contingencies defined in the contingency analysis tool during the ATC calculation.  The key is getting that list of contingencies defined for the N-1-1 contingencies.  Each contingency will have 2 actions defined, which Simulator will evaluate for outages when calculating the sensitivities used for the ATC […]

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March 3, 2021

NERC Book of Flowgates

A spreadsheet template for importing interfaces from the NERC Book of Flowgates (2018 edition) may be downloaded here. To use the spreadsheet: Place the original data from the NERC Book of Flowgates in the gray shaded region (columns A through AE, beginning with the column headers in row 2.) Add additional rows as needed. Copy […]

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December 3, 2018

GIC Time Varying Electric Field Example

PowerWorld Simulator supports binary and text file formats for time and spatially-varying geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) surface electric field inputs. This format allows development of detailed solar storm scenarios based on historic events or 3D earth conductivity models. Sample (B3D binary format) based on June 22, 2015 event [1], over footprint of the U.S. State of […]

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October 15, 2018

New Feature: Data Check

A new feature was added to PowerWorld Simulator in the April 9, 2018 patch of Simulator 20 called “Data Checks”. Data checks grew out of work that PowerWorld customers Jonathan Young (Columbia Grid) and John Gross (Avista Utilities) performed building on PowerWorld Simulator’s features of Advanced Filters, Calculated Fields, Dynamic Formatting, Expression and String Expressions. […]

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August 3, 2018