Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

There are two ways to find grid models - Searching and Browsing.


The Search Menu Option allows you to specify precise model criteria and ordering.


The Browse menu options allow you to go through collections in a variety of ways -

Browse by Community or Collection
takes you through the communities in alphabetical order and allows you to see the collections within each community.

Browse by Popularity
allows you to move through the most referenced Communities, Authors, Subjects, and Dates.

Browse by Title
allows you to move through an alphabetical list of all titles of items in BetterGrids.

Browse by Author
allows you to move through an alphabetical list of all authors of items in BetterGrids.

Browse by Subject
allows you to move through an alphabetical list of subjects assigned to items in BetterGrids.

Browse by Issue Date
allows you to move through a list of all items in BetterGrids in reverse chronological order.

Once you are a registered BetterGrids user, you will have the option to submit models from your My BetterGrids page that appears after you sign in.

Here you will find:

  • a list of your in-progress submissions - from this list you can resume the submission process where you left off, or you can remove the submission and cancel the item.
  • a list of the submissions which you are supervising or collaborating on
  • a list of submissions that are awaiting your action (if you have a collection workflow role).
  • a link to a list of items that you have submitted and that have already been accepted into BetterGrids.

To submit a new model, choose the Submit option and select the most appropriate collection.

This will begin a process of collecting meta-data about your submission, and allow you to upload your model files. After these steps are complete, you must agree with the license before the model submission is passed to our curators for review and approval. You can track the progress of your submission from your My BetterGrids page.

BetterGrids supports community collaboration on grid model research by providing a public repository for sharing models and test data.

One easy way to collaborate is to download and use models in your own research. Please provide a citation back to the original author!

Another new feature we have added is the ability to rate and comment on models, to provide constructive feedback to the author, ask questions to the community, and collaborate with your peers.

Finally, BetterGrids has the ability to create private repositories for your research projects, allowing you to share data and collaborate with your team members during model development. Please see our Brochures at , or contact us at to learn more.

All guest users can browse the Repository. Some restricted functions, such as commenting or content submission, require authorization from the community. When you attempt to access these areas of BetterGrids, the system will require you to log in.

Before you log in for the first time, you will need to register. You can Register here , or click on "My BetterGrids" under the Sign on area and follow the instructions. After that, you will need to enter your e-mail address and password in the log-in form that appears. Your e-mail address should include your username and domain name. It is not case sensitive.


Type your password exactly as you entered it originally. It is case sensitive. Be sure to click on the "log in" button to continue.

The BetterGrids content is organized around Communities which can correspond to administrative entities such as schools, departments, labs and research centers. Within each community there can be an unlimited number of Collections. Each Collection may contain an unlimited number of items. This organization gives BetterGrids the flexibility to accommodate differing needs of communities by allowing them to

  • Decide on policies such as:
    • who contributes content
    • whether there will be a review process
    • who will have access
  • Determine workflow - reviewing, editing, metadata
  • Manage collections

Each community has its own entry page displaying information, news and links reflecting the interests of that community, as well as a descriptive list of collections within the community.

The GRID DATA Repository is a free library of public grid models and research test data. It contains a grid data collection from across the utility industry and developed by the grid research community, including grid models that are being created under the ARPA-E GRID DATA Program.

The ARPA-E GRID DATA program is funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to support research in grid optimization and modernization.

The Repository was developed by GridBright, Inc. as open source software to benefit the grid research community.

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The BetterGrids Foundation is a non-profit organization providing support for the GRID DATA Repository in a self-funding and self-governing manner through volunteers.

Our Vision
< Our Vision is for grid researchers to have the essential test data they need to develop better grid solutions.

Our Mission
Our Mission is to operate the Repository in a self-funding manner to support research and education in developing better solutions for grid optimization, control, resiliency, and integration of renewable and distributed resources.

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GridBright provides integration consulting services and technology solutions to distribution utilities, grid scale developers, and researchers.

We are specialists in grid management. We help the electric industry implement smarter solutions for managing the electric grid.

GridBright has been contracted by ARPA-E to build GRID DATA Repository.

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You can file a defect report ticket directly through the BetterGrids Held Desk.

Select the "Report a Defect" Type when submitting a new help desk ticket.

Enter required information -

  • Your email address
  • A short description of the defect (in the subject field)
  • Severity of the defect
  • Community that the defect occured
  • Specific Test Case or Step if appropriate
  • Your role in the community
  • Longer description of the defect and how to recreate
  • Please attach a screen image if possible

Thank you!