DAP - Demand Analysis and Planning
DAP is a software designed both to forecast the demand and the peak load, and to prepare actions of Demand Side Management (DSM).
DAP integrates four main methods: Simple Trend Forecast, Sector Trend Forecast, Customer Trend Forecast and DSM Forecast which can be used for various purposes:
- Advanced management of aggregate determinants
Predicting electricity consumption and identifying determinants that have a significant impact on electricity consumption to develop energy strategies
- Adding multivariable linear regression
Improve forecast accuracy with advanced statistical calculations that take into account multiple variables.
- Scenario for losses
Loss management needs to be improved and adapted to the use of multiple power demand forecast scenarios.
- Tariff analysis
The tariff analysis is approached in an excessively simplistic way (cost per kWh per type of subscription) and must be improved in order to model social or prepaid tariffs ...
Forecast your loads and simulate your DSM programs
Library of equipments
For the DSM forecast, equipments are defined with their nominal power. Usage profiles can be associated with the equipment for each sector-region pair. Simultaneity factors are also associated in order to represent the natural (statistical) smoothening of the resulting load curve.
Library of tariffs
Tariffs are represented by polynomials based on the energy consumed (active, capacitive and inductive) and on the peak load. This methodology allows assessing the financial impact of DSM for a utility.
Why 4 methods for demand forecasting?
Depending on the available data and on the time you have, various levels of details can be adopted. DAP allows to forecast from the simplest level to the most detailed level which represents all equipments: the DSM forecast level.
For each sector of each region, one of the following methods, at least, has to be applied: a further aggregation into a national forecast will be suggested.
- Simple Trend Forecast
The simplest forecast of the demand or the peak load is the one based on its past values. In a few clicks it will give you a reasonable or an approximate estimate.
- Sector Trend Forecast
A first improvement consists in assigning the future evolution of the demand or the peak load to a “determining” factor: for example the population, the Gross regional product (or the added value), the industrial production, the rate of occupied surface area (m²), etc. The determining factor should then represent the trend of the sector, in terms of power consumption.
- Customer Trend Forecast
In this approach, the demand is on the one hand defined by a number of customers and on the other hand by the average customer consumption: each of these variables can be forecasted separately, possibly by linking it to a determining factor which is selected to represent the customer’s trends.
- DSM forecast
The DSM forecast is a process developped through 4 steps:
1) The forecast of the number of customers
2) The definition of the equipment for each sector, with the selection of one’s usage profile and simultaneity factors to be associated.
3) The forecast of the ownership of equipments in each sector.
4) The computation of the DSM forecast itself
As a result, users can view his DSM forecast with the share of each equipment. By comparing two DSM forecasts, i.e. a “natural demand” forecast and a “Demand Side Managed forecast”, users can identify the impact of the DSM project on the peak load, on the consumption and on the utility revenues.
After working with the 4 methods, the planner will have various forecasts for a specific sector in a given region.
He can then assign to each “sector-region” his best forecast (any type) so that a sum can be computed at the regional level or at the national level. The latter can to take into account losses, due, for example, to the network.