Using Combined Forecasts with Changing Weights for Electricity Demand Profiling

Taylor, James and Majithia, Shanti (2000) Using Combined Forecasts with Changing Weights for Electricity Demand Profiling. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 51 (1). pp. 72-82.


Day-ahead half-hourly demand forecasts are required for scheduling and for calculating the daily electricity pool price. One approach predicts turning points on the demand curve and then produces half-hourly forecasts by a heuristic procedure, called profiling, which is based on a past demand curve. This paper investigates possible profiling improvements. Using a cubic smoothing spline in the heuristic leads to a slight improvement. Often, several past curves could reasonably be used in the profiling method. Consequently, there are often several demand curve forecasts available. Switching and smooth transition forecast combination models are considered. These models enable the combining weights to vary across the 48 half-hours, which is appealing as different forecasts may be more suitable for different periods. Several criteria are used to control the changing weights, including weather, and the methodology is extended to the case of more than two forecasts. Empirical analysis gives encouraging results.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Electricity Demand Forecasting; Combining Forecasts; management science
Subject(s): Management science
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2012 20:28
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2018 12:42
Funders: N/A

Actions (login required)

Edit View Edit View