Knowledge Base

Case Study in Using Auxiliary File Scripting with Advanced Filters, Custom Floats, and Expressions

This is a case study that demonstrates how to automate the process of replicating the net reactive capability curve from a set of renewable generators behind a small distribution system which is connected to a single utility bus.  This serves as a wonderful example for demonstrating several topics. Use of auxiliary files to automate processes […]

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June 6, 2013

How to specify when Transient Limit Monitoring starts monitoring for violations

Transient Limit Monitoring Many power systems require particular voltage or frequency performance during transient stability simulation.  For example, in the Western grid in the United States and Canada, the organization WECC specifies particular performance for various “Category B” or “Category C” contingency events (see http://www.wecc.biz/library/Library/Planning%20Committee%20Handbook/WECC-NERC%20Planning%20Standards.pdf). PowerWorld Simulator’s transient limit monitors allow you to monitor for violations […]

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May 23, 2013

Video Capture

PowerWorld Simulator does not include a built-in tool for video capture or movie making. Commercial and freeware tools are available from other sources to capture video from PowerWorld Simulator, Retriever, and any other desktop applications. Current offerings may be found here, or by simply searching online for video capture software.

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February 21, 2013

Example SimAuto Files

Right-click on the file links below and select “Save target as…” to save them to your computer. SimAuto version 12 (and later) Microsoft® Visual Basic for Applications Examples Running from Microsoft® Excel: SimAutoExampleCases12.zip Running from Microsoft® Access: ATC Calculator (includes database, cases, and support files) Multi-period Market Simulation (includes database, cases, and support files; unzip […]

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July 31, 2012

How do the key fields and required fields for aux files and copy/paste from Excel work?

Each object type in Simulator (i.e. Loads, Generators, Buses, etc…) has a number of key fields and additional required fields.  Key fields are fields that must be included for existing records when pasting data into Simulator from a spreadsheet application such as MS Excel or when loading information from an aux file.  Required fields are fields that must be specified (in addition […]

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July 5, 2012

I am getting $5000 / MW-hr LMP’s. Can that be correct?

If a constraint cannot be enforced due to insufficient controls, the slack variable associated with enforcing that constraint cannotbe removed from the LP basis.  Marginal cost depends on the arbitrary cost of the slack variable.  This value defaults to  $5000 per MW-hr in order to enforce the equality constraint that a control area’s generation should […]

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July 5, 2012

Can I have negative marginal prices? What do they mean?

Yes, in highly congested systems you can in fact see negative LMP’s at a bus (or buses). This is always coupled with high LMP’s at other buses.  A negative LMP means that serving an additional MW of load at the negative LMP bus will reduce the operating cost. More flow to the load creates a […]

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July 5, 2012

How can I simulate varying quantities? Can I store the results?

You can simulate varying quantities (and store the results) by using the Time Step Simulation (TSS) tool.  TSS allows you to specify operating conditions and obtain power flow solutions for a set of points in time.  It provides the tools needed to analyze the operation of a power system hour by hour. TSS is included in […]

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July 5, 2012