Is there an API to get "typical" electrical load?

Does OpenEI have an API that can be used to get the "typical" electrical load for a utility customer? If so, how is it "filtered" -- can it give me typical load for a specific sector (residential vs. commercial)? For a specific geographical area (e.g., zip code)? For a specific utility provider and rate? What I'm looking for is a way to get the load profile -- how the load is distributed throughout the months of the year.

Submitted by Kilsen on 1 November, 2016 - 06:18

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Here's the best reference I found on the TMY3 format: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy08osti/43156.pdf. I'm not aware of anything off the shelf that would find the closest TMY3 given a street address, but it should be possible to script something to parse longitude and latitude out of all the TMY3 files and store them in a database. The Google Maps APIs can give you a lat/lon for an address, so then you could programmatically find the closest match in your database without too much difficulty. Good luck. Jayhuggins on 3 November, 2016 - 14:56

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Awesome . . . thank you. For that OpenEI dataset, is there documentation on the various columns that exist in the CSV files? Are there any tools for choosing the TMY3 location that is closest to a given street address? Kilsen on 2 November, 2016 - 08:22

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OpenEI has a dataset, Commercial and Residential Hourly Load Profiles for all TMY3 Locations in the United States here: http://en.openei.org/doe-opendata/dataset/commercial-and-residential-hourly-load-profiles-for-all-tmy3-locations-in-the-united-states. The NREL System Advisor Model requires load data, and their help forum has some recommendations for data sources here: https://www.nrel.gov/analysis/sam/help/html-php/index.html?electric_load.htm#timeseries Jayhuggins on 2 November, 2016 - 07:49