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eQUEST Custom Electric Rates | Energy-Models.com

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Published on Jan 5, 2011

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This video covers creation of a basic electric rate in eQuest, as well as how to save an electric rate that was edited in the detailed viewer by copying data from the .inp file.

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Custom rates in the wizards
Cumulative vs. Incremental
Ratchets in the detailed view
Saving a detailed rate from the .inp file
While eQUEST provides multiple electric and gas rates, inevitably you're going to require a custom rate. In order to enter a custom rate on screen one of the wizard you can select the electric utility and select custom. What that is going to do is enable additional screens starting with screen 38.

In screen 38, we have the custom electric rate, which we can name, and we'll give it a custom name. Perhaps we'll give the name of the most important city in the country, Fargo, ND. (Sarcasm, but no offense Fargo) We'll leave it at Block Charges and the Block Type is a nice feature in eQUEST that has incremental blocks or cumulative blocks. We leave it at cumulative, if it's worded as such, up to 1000 kWh, up to 2000, up to 3000 and so on. We'll stick with incremental blocks here. So let's say the first 1000 kWh are $0.10 / kWh and all remaining, up to basically 100,000 are $0.06 / kWh. For demand, the block size is virtually unlimited for a small building, and we can say its $10.00 / kW. We could have a second season here, if for instance, summer had different rates than the winter. For simplicities sake, we're going to keep it as is. Please note there's a save icon in the upper right corner, however, we can only save rates that were created within the wizard. In this case we're going to add a ratchet and see how we can save that, so we can use it in future models. From here we can finish the wizard, and once we click finish on the wizard, that will take us to the detailed interface and we'll have to switch modes, by going to mode and selecting detailed data edit. From here we select our Fargo, ND rates. If we double click on it, we get a bunch of additional options. As we said we're going to add a ratchet. From here we're going to create one, and we're simply going to call it, Fargo.

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