Abstract: This paper presents artificial neural network (ANN) for a week ahead load forecasting. Load forecasting has become one of the major areas of research in electrical engineering and is an important problem in operation and planning of electric power generation. In this paper three months of hourly load data is collected from the 66/11kv substation davanagere city and application of short term load forecasting (STLF) using multilayer feed forward network (MLFFN) with gradient descent back propagation algorithm is used in MATLAB environment. The results shows that this method is simple and more accurate with the minimum error and can be used for short term load forecasting.

Keywords: Artificial neural network, Short term load forecasting, multilayer feed forward network.