Knowledge Base

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

Applying Updates to Hardware Licenses

To perform the following instructions, you will need a .V2C file provided by PowerWorld. Once you have completed the following instructions, your hardware key will unlock Simulator or Retriever with the updated features. Locate the machine that hosts the hardware key. Simulator or Retriever must be installed on this machine to complete the process. Start […]

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July 23, 2018

GIC and Substation Coordinates for Line Taps

To properly perform geomagnetic induced current (GIC) analysis, substation geographic coordinates (longitude, latitude) must be provided for all substations that contain terminals of transmission lines for which a GIC-induced equivalent DC voltage is applied. Generally this includes all lines greater than the minimum length and minimum voltage specified on the GIC Analysis Form. The need for coordinates […]

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March 26, 2015

Assigning Costs to Control Adjustments in OPF

Download the example files. Simulator’s Optimal Power Flow (OPF) has 2 options for objective functions: Minimum Cost or Minimum Control Change. Generally Minimum Cost is used where generator bids or costs and load benefits are known. Minimum Control Change is used where it is desirable to relieve transmission overloads with minimum deviation from the present […]

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March 2, 2015

How to specify different Voltage Deviation Limits for different buses in Contingency Analysis

PowerWorld Simulator allows you to monitor for violations based on the change in a value relative to the reference state (base case).  This was already covered in the knowledge base article at WECC Post Contingency Voltage Drop Criteria Monitoring.  This works well if you have the same percentage drop violation for all buses in your system. […]

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January 2, 2015

WECC Post Contingency Voltage Drop Criteria Monitoring

  Note, this knowledge base article provides a very simple feature for monitoring for voltage deviation monitoring, however if you need more flexibility than is shown below, there are two other knowledge base articles related to this one which provide much more flexibility than is shown below.  Links to these knowledge base articles are as follows. How […]

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August 27, 2013

Remote License Troubleshooting

If you are trying to start Simulator or Retriever using a remote license but the hardware key is not detected, you may need to manually point to the hardware key’s location on the network. To configure where your machine goes to look for remote license keys, make sure to run the full Simulator or Retriever installation […]

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June 10, 2013

Calculating the Net Reactive Capability Curve of a Renewable Energy Plant and Subsystem

When studying a system of small renewable generators that are all hooked up to the power system through one interconnection point, some PowerWorld users have been interested in calculating the net reactive capability curve seen at the utility interconnection point.  As an example consider the power system below which has the following characteristics. Three solar […]

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June 6, 2013

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