Modeling Tools

The Reference Network Model (RNM)

Large-scale distribution network planning tool enabling estimation of efficient distribution costs

The Reference Network Model is a useful tool to examine the impact of various renewable deployment scenarios on the distribution system and to examine system cost impacts associated with these. In the image above, we demonstrate the impact of increasing the level of Solar PV Penetration (red dots) on the power system and the associated reinforcements (green lines) needed to account for this. Results first presented as part of The Future of Solar Energy study.