Correlation-constrained and sparsity-controlled vector autoregressive model for spatio-temporal wind power forecasting

Yongning Zhao, Lin Ye*, Pierre Pinson, Yong Tang

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The ever-increasing number of wind farms has brought both challenges and opportunities in the development of wind power forecasting techniques to take advantage of interdependenciesbetweentensorhundredsofspatiallydistributedwind farms, e.g., over a region. In this paper, a Sparsity-Controlled Vector Autoregressive (SC-VAR) model is introduced to obtain sparse model structures in a spatio-temporal wind power forecasting framework by reformulating the original VAR model into a constrained Mixed Integer Non-Linear Programming (MINLP) problem. It allows controlling the sparsity of the coefficient matrices in direct manner. However this original SC-VAR is difficult to implement due to its complicated constraints and the lack of guidelines for setting its parameters. To reduce the complexity of this MINLP and to make it possible to incorporate prior expert knowledge to benefit model building and forecasting, the original SC-VAR is modified and a Correlation-Constrained SC-VAR (CCSC-VAR) is proposed based on spatial correlation information about wind farms. Our approach is evaluated based on a case study of very-short-term forecasting for 25 wind farms in Denmark. Comparison is performed with a set of traditional local methods and spatio-temporal methods. The results obtained show the proposed CCSC-VAR has better overall performance than both the original SC-VAR and other benchmark methods, taking into account all evaluation indicators, including sparsitycontrol ability, sparsity, accuracy and efficiency
Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)5029 - 5040
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Wind power
  • Power system operations
  • Forecasting
  • Spatial correlation
  • Sparsity


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