SE PhD Prospectus Defense of John Goldis

12:00 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2013
2:00 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2013
15 Saint Mary's Street, Rm 105
TITLE: Transmission & Distribution Power Market Integration and Transmission Topology Control ABSTRACT: Smart devices, new classes of market participants, advances in Big Data and parallel computing are motivating a need for reform in today’s energy markets. This work focuses on market design at both the transmission and distribution levels. Chapter 1 examines the growing number of flexible generation and demand resources located at the distribution level. As the number of electric vehicles and storage devices grow, the market will have to provide appropriate efficient price signals that clear the market by maximizing old as well as new participant utility. We develop these price signals as Transmission and Distribution Locational Marginal Prices (TDLMP) by augmenting the transmission system with distribution feeders and modeling market participants ranging from conventional generation and nondeferrable demand to transmission-connected pumped storage hydro and distribution connected schedulable flexible loads. In Chapter 2 we focus on transmission markets by formulating a framework where an Independent System Operator co-optimizes transmission and generation resources. We formulate tractable topology control (TC) heuristics under a computationally efficient shift-factor-based Mixed Integer Linear Programming formulation consistent with industry practice. Its major advantage is the problem size, which is proportional to the number of contingencies, monitored and switchable transmission elements. This is in contrast to earlier Bθ formulations whose size is proportional to the number of contingencies and total number of transmission elements. Simulation results on the IEEE 118-bus test system show the superior computational performance of the shift factor formulation as compared to the Bθ formulation for small to medium switchable sets. COMMITTEE: Advisor: Michael Caramanis SE/ME; Pablo Ruiz, ME; Ioannis Paschalidis, SE/ECE