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Resource Planning Model: An Integrated Resource Planning and Dispatch Tool for Regional Electric Systems

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Trieu Mai, Easan Drury, Kelly Eurek, Natalie Bodington, Anthony Lopez, Andrew Perry
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This report introduces a new capacity expansion model, the Resource Planning Model (RPM), which can be used for mid- and long-term scenario planning of regional power systems and offers high spatial and temporal resolution and. Although RPM can be adapted to any region, the report describes an initial version of the model adapted for the power system in the U.S. state of Colorado. It presents examples of scenario results from the first version of the model, including an example of a 30%-by-2020 renewable electricity penetration scenario.