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Weather impacts virtually all facets of
our daily life. as a result, many business sectors are affected
by weather conditions, and the power industry is no exception.
Weather is a major influencer on system reliability and a key
driver of both power supply and demand. in this article, we
will demonstrate novel uses of weather data for energy analytics via two utility applications. We first use easily accessible weather data together with regression analysis to model
distribution outages and construct a probabilistic view of reliability indices that helps reveal a utility's reliability trend. We
then use high-resolution, commercial-grade weather data to
develop realistic simulations of anticipated behind-the-meter
photovoltaic (pv) fleets.

Power Distribution Reliability
reliability is an important subject in the electric power industry. outages at distribution systems tie directly to utility revenues and customer satisfaction. a less-reliable grid contributes
to greater revenue loss and lower customer satisfaction. as
a result, utility reliability is being continuously evaluated
by boards, executives, engineers, operators, customers, and
regulators. While most stakeholders would not be willing to
pay for the large capital, operations, and maintenance expenditures required to keep a super-reliable grid, many would also
not be willing to accept poor reliability. therefore, the electric power industry must continuously balance the costs and
benefits of improving system reliability.

From Modeling Outages and Reliability Indices
to Simulating Distributed Photovoltaic Fleets

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Weather
Data for
Energy
Analytics
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/MPE.2018.2801442
Date of publication: 18 April 2018

may/june 2018

By Jonathan Black,
Alex Hofmann, Tao Hong,
Joseph Roberts, and Pu Wang
1540-7977/18©2018IEEE

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