Mathematical Programming formulations for the Alternating Current Optimal Power Flow problem

Power flow refers to the injection of power on the lines of an electrical grid, so that all the injections at the nodes form a consistent flow within the network. Optimality, in this setting, is usually intended as the minimization of the cost of generating power. Current can either be direct or alternating: while the … Read more

Optimal time-and-level-of-use price setting for an energy retailer

This paper presents a novel price setting optimization problem for an energy retailer in the smart grid. In this framework the retailer buys energy from multiple generators via bilateral contracts, and sells it to a population of smart homes using Time-and-Level-of-Use prices (TLOU). TLOU is an energy price structure recently introduced in the literature, where … Read more

Towards Resilient Operation of Multi-Microgrids: An MISOCP-Based Frequency-Constrained Approach

High penetration of distributed energy resources (DERs) is transforming the paradigm in power system operation. The ability to provide electricity to customers while the main grid is disrupted has introduced the concept of microgrids with many challenges and opportunities. Emergency control of dangerous transients caused by the transition between the grid-connected and island modes in … Read more

Multi-stage Stochastic Programming for Demand Response Optimization

The increase in the energy consumption puts pressure on natural resources and environment and results in a rise in the price of energy. This motivates residents to schedule their energy consumption through demand response mechanism. We propose a multi-stage stochastic programming model to schedule different kinds of electrical appliances under uncertain weather conditions and availability … Read more

A decentralized framework for the optimal coordination of distributed energy resources

Demand-response aggregators are faced with the challenge of how to best manage numerous and heterogeneous Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). This paper proposes a decentralized methodology for optimal coordination of DERs. The proposed approach is based on Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition and column generation, thus allowing to integrate any type of resource whose operation can be formulated within … Read more

Robust optimization based self scheduling of hydro-thermal Genco in smart grids

This paper proposes a robust optimization model for optimal self scheduling of a hydro-thermal generating company. The proposed model is suitable for price taker Gencos which seeks the optimal schedule of its thermal and hydro generating units for a given operating horizon. The uncertainties of electricity prices are modeled using robust optimization approach to make … Read more