Integrating Consumer Adoption Modeling in Renewable Energy Expansion Planning

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2017-01-01
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Mittal, Anuj
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Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering teaches the design, analysis, and improvement of the systems and processes in manufacturing, consulting, and service industries by application of the principles of engineering. The Department of General Engineering was formed in 1929. In 1956 its name changed to Department of Industrial Engineering. In 1989 its name changed to the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering.
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The electricity market in the U.S. is changing rapidly from a utility-scale centralized generation-distribution model to a more distributed and customer-sited energy model. Residential energy consumers in the U.S. have shown increased interest in solar-based electricity at home, resulting in increased adoption of distrib-uted solar on the rooftops of owner-occupied residences (known as rooftop PV). However, increased roof-top PV adoption has led to equity concerns among policymakers, as well as dissatisfaction among utilities due to falling revenues. In this research, a bottom-up simulation-based expansion planning approach through consumer adoption modeling has been proposed to help utilities satisfy consumer demand for dis-tributed solar while also addressing the issues that have arisen from increased rooftop PV adoption.

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This is an extended abstract from Proceedings of the 2017 Winter Simulation Conference.

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