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Salman Quaiyum, Yousuf Ibrahim Khan, Saidur Rahman, Parijat Barman

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,

American International University - Bangladesh,

Banani, Dhaka - 1213.

forecasting applications. These algorithms are better than back-

propagation in convergence and search space capability.

Load forecasting is the prediction of future loads of a power

system. It is an important component for power system energy

management. Precise load forecasting helps to make unit

An Artificial Neural Network (ANN) is a mathematical or

commitment decisions, reduce spinning reserve capacity and

computational model based on the structure and functional

schedule device maintenance plan properly. Besides playing a

aspects of biological neural networks. It consists of an

key role in reducing the generation cost, it is also essential to the

interconnected group of artificial neurons, and it processes

reliability of power systems. By forecasting, experts can have an

information using a connectionist approach to computation. An

idea of the loads in the future and accordingly can make vital

ANN mostly is an adaptive system that changes its structure

decisions for the system. This work presents a study of short-

based on external or internal information that flows through the

term hourly load forecasting using different types of Artificial

network during the learning phase.

Neural Networks.

Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks.

where connections between units form a directed cycle. Unlike

feed-forward neural networks, RNNs can use their internal

memory to process arbitrary sequences of inputs. A recurrent

Load Forecasting, Power System, Particle Swarm Optimization.

neural network consists of at least one feedback loop. It may

consist of a single layer of neurons with each neuron feeding its

output signal back to the inputs of all the other neurons.

Load forecasting is one of the central functions in power

In this work, Elman's recurrent neural network has been chosen

systems operations and it is extremely important for energy

suppliers, financial institutions, and other participants involved

as the model structure which has shown to perform well in

in electric energy generation, transmission, distribution, and

comparison to other recurrent architectures [8]. Elman's network

supply. Load forecasts can be divided into three categories:

contains recurrent connections from the hidden neurons to a

short-term forecasts, medium-term forecasts and long-term

layer of context units consisting of unit delays which store the

forecasts. Short-term load forecasting (STLF) is an important

outputs of the hidden neurons for one time step, and then feed

part of the power generation process. Previously it was used by

them back to the input layer.

traditional approaches like time series, but new methods based

on artificial and computational intelligence have started to

replace the old ones in the industry, taking the process to newer

heights.

Artificial Neural Networks are proving their supremacy over

other traditional forecasting techniques and the most popular

artificial neural network architecture for load forecasting is back

propagation. This network uses continuously valued functions

and supervised learning i.e. under supervised learning, the actual

numerical weights assigned to element inputs are determined by

matching historical data (such as time and weather) to desired

outputs (such as historical loads) in a pre-operational "training

session". The model can forecast load profiles from one to seven

days.

Evolutionary algorithms such as, Genetic Algorithm (GA) [1, 2],

Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) [3-5], Artificial Immune

System (AIS) [6], and Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) [7] have

been used for training neural networks in short term load

1

Figure 1 is an Elman recurrent neural network topology where

the leader and each particle keeps track of its coordinates in the

denotes a vector of the synaptic weights,

problem space. This fitness value is stored which is referred to

the inputs to the layers,

as

is the number of neurons in the hidden layer.

optimizer, is the best value obtained so far by any particle in the

neighbors of the particle. This location is called

The weighted sums for the hidden and the output layers are:

particle takes all the population as its topological neighbors, the

best value is a global best and is called

(1)

(7)

(2)

where,k = [1,r], n = [1,N], and N is the number of data points

(8)

used for training of the model. The outputs of the neurons in the

hidden layer and output layer are computed by passing the

where,

weighted sum of inputs through the tan sigmoid and pure linear

interval over which the particle will move, is the inertia

transfer functions respectively.

weight,

location of the particle,

Mathematically, the outputs of the hidden layer and the output

the particle and

layer can be defined as:

and

acceleration constants for "gbest" and "pbest" respectively.

(3)

(4)

where,K is a coefficient of the pure linear transfer function.

Another training parameter considered is the momentum factor

as an attempt to prevent the network to get stuck in a shallow

local minimum. Equation (5) shows how the synoptic weights

are adjusted and how the network determines the value of the

increment

on the basis of the previous value of the

increment

(5)

The other important training parameter is the learning rate which

controls the amount of change imposed on connection weights

during training and to provide faster convergence.

Mathematically, the weights are updated using the equation:

(6)

where, is the learning rate.

Figure 2 shows the learning process of PSO-ERNN (Particle

Swarm Optimized - Elman Recurrent Neural Network). The

PSO as a tool that provides a population based search procedure

learning is initialized with a group of random particles in step 1,

in which individuals called particles change their position (state)

which are assigned with random PSO positions (weight and

with time. In a PSO system, particles move around in a

bias). The PSO-ERNN is trained using the initial particles

multidimensional search space. During flight, each particle

position in step 2. Then, it produces the learning error (particle

carries out position adjustment in accordance to its own

fitness) based on initial weight and bias in step 3. The learning

experience, to the experience of a neighboring particle. This

error at current epoch is reduced by changing the particles

helps make use of the best position of the particle encountered

position, which updates the weight and bias of the network. The

by itself and its neighbor. Thus, a PSO system combines local

"pbest" and "gbest" values are applied to the velocity update

search methods with global search methods, attempting to

according to (7) to produce a value for positions adjustment to

balance exploration and exploitation.

the best solution or targeted learning error in step 4. Step 5 has

the new sets of positions (weight and bias) produced by adding

The basic concept is that for every time instant, the velocity of

the calculated velocity value to the current position value. Then,

each particle, also known as the potential solution, changes

these new sets of positions are used to produce new learning

between its

error in PSO-ERNN. This process is repeated until the stopping

The particle associated with the best solution (fitness value) is

2

conditions of either minimum learning error or maximum

number of iterations are met which is shown in step 6.

A simple data collection method was employed to ensure

Global version of PSO is faster but might converge to local

adequate historical samples of the load. Load Data used in this

optimum for some problems. The Local version, though slower

work were collected from the Bangladesh Power Development

does not easily get trapped into a local optimum. We

Board (BPDB) and ISO New England.

implemented the global version to achieve a quicker result. The

position of a particle is influenced by its best visited position

and the position of the best particle in its neighborhood.

Data scaling is carried out in order to improve interpretability of

network weights. The equation below has been adopted and

Particle position, xi, was adjusted using

implemented to normalize the historical load data.

(9)

(12)

where the velocity component,

The load value is normalized into the range between 0 and 1 and

For the basic PSO,

then the neural networks are trained using the suitable algorithm.

Neural networks provide improved performance with the

normalized data. The use of original data as input to the neural

network may increase the possibility of a convergence problem.

(10)

where,

Data can be stored in many ways. In this work, the collected

coefficients,

data was stored in Microsoft Excel worksheets. The worksheets

particle

were then imported into MATLAB using the command

"xlsread".

If a fully-connected topology is used, then

position found by the entire swarm. That is,

prediction models

(11)

The structure of the input vector specifies the selected

endogenous and exogenous variables. In the work of T. Gowri

where,

Monohar et al. [9] five inputs were selected from the previous

day and five each from the previous weeks on the same day

The pseudo-code for PSO is shown below:

were selected to predict the load of the next day. If data points

were insufficient, the forecasting would be poor. If data points

were useless or redundant, modeling would be difficult or even

Randomly initialize

skewed [10].

Set

The input vector (IV) structure used here, consists of two

Set

previous hours active power values,

homologous consumption past load values of the previous week

information regarding the consumption trend in the past

homologous periods [11]. It was found that load for 24 hours

and 168 hours are highly correlated. The structure of IV is given

Evaluate the fitness of particle

in Figure 3.

Update

Update

Apply velocity update using (10)

Apply position update using (9)

3

The ISO New England historical load data was first collected

from their website. The load data was taken every hour for a

period of one week. The training data was defined from

Monday, 31st March till 6th April, 2008 and the corresponding

target was defined for the period from 7th to 13th April, 2008.

The models were also evaluated for generalization capability,

thus testing data set was defined from the first week of March

3rd to 9th. After correlation analysis, Dry Bulb and Dew Point

temperatures were used as the input for the Elman Weather

Sensitive Model.

network architectures were implemented in MATLAB version

7.10.0.499 (R2010a). Feed Forward Network and Elman

Recurrent Network - these two networks were implanted

according to their default architectures as provided in

MATLAB. In addition, Jordan Recurrent Network was created

Load Forecasting: Day Model

using the custom network creation process. Before starting the

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training of the networks, each layer was individually initialized

Actual load values

using the

Predicted load values

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Then each model was trained using

with momentum and adaptive rule backpropagation) training

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algorithm with the help of Neural Network Training tool. After

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observed. Finally, Elman Network was trained using Particle

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performance measure function was employed along with other

functions like MPE (Mean Percentage Error) and MAE (Mean

Absolute Error).

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value of the load, and

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if a larger dataset is used for network training. Also, the load

forecasting model can be improved by including other weather

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We would like to thank Engr. K. M. Hassan, CSO, BPDB for

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