The recent evolution of the electricity business regulation has given new possibilities to the electricity providers for formulating dedicated tariff offers. A key aspect for building specific tariff structures is the identification of the consumption patterns of the customers, in order to form specific customer classes containing customers exhibiting similar patterns. This paper illustrates and compares the results obtained by using various unsupervised clustering algorithms (modified follow-the-leader, hierarchical clustering, K-means, fuzzy K-means) and the self-organizing maps to group together customers with similar electrical behavior. Furthermore, this paper discusses and compares various techniques-Sammon map, principal component analysis (PCA), and curvilinear component analysis (CCA)-able to reduce the size of the clustering input data set, in order to allow for storing a relatively small amount of data in the database of the distribution service provider for customer classification purposes. The effectiveness of the classifications obtained with the algorithms tested is compared in terms of a set of clustering validity indicators. Results obtained on a set of nonresidential customers are presented.

Comparisons among clustering techniques for electricity customer classification / Chicco, Gianfranco; Napoli, Roberto; Piglione, Federico. - In: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS. - ISSN 0885-8950. - STAMPA. - 21:2(2006), pp. 933-940. [10.1109/TPWRS.2006.873122]

Comparisons among clustering techniques for electricity customer classification

CHICCO, GIANFRANCO;NAPOLI, Roberto;PIGLIONE, Federico
2006

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The recent evolution of the electricity business regulation has given new possibilities to the electricity providers for formulating dedicated tariff offers. A key aspect for building specific tariff structures is the identification of the consumption patterns of the customers, in order to form specific customer classes containing customers exhibiting similar patterns. This paper illustrates and compares the results obtained by using various unsupervised clustering algorithms (modified follow-the-leader, hierarchical clustering, K-means, fuzzy K-means) and the self-organizing maps to group together customers with similar electrical behavior. Furthermore, this paper discusses and compares various techniques-Sammon map, principal component analysis (PCA), and curvilinear component analysis (CCA)-able to reduce the size of the clustering input data set, in order to allow for storing a relatively small amount of data in the database of the distribution service provider for customer classification purposes. The effectiveness of the classifications obtained with the algorithms tested is compared in terms of a set of clustering validity indicators. Results obtained on a set of nonresidential customers are presented.
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