The Open Modeling Framework (OMF) is a software development effort led by CRN with a goal of making advanced power systems models usable in the electric cooperative community. The OMF, conceptualized by NRECA Chief Scientist Dr. Craig Miller addresses the lack of versatile modeling tools that would enable utilities to evaluate smart grid components using real-world data prior to purchase. This enhanced modeling tool can support co-op investment decision-making by modeling the cost and benefits, incorporating engineering, weather, financial and other data specific to the co-op.
OMF provides common data models, configuration management tools, run execution and visualization capabilities for use with multiple models, including the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Gridlab-D and the National Renewable Energy Lab’s System Advisor Model.
Hosted in the cloud and accessible via a web browser, the OMF also facilitates secure and easy sharing of results. A beta test version is currently available. For more information or participate in the testing, contact David Pinney at