A control framework for the smart grid for voltage support using agent-based technologies

Angel A. Aquino-Lugo, Ray Klump, Thomas J. Overbye

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The introduction of remotely controlled network devices is transforming the way the power system is operated and studied. The ability to provide real and reactive power support can be achieved at the end-user level. In this paper, a framework and algorithm to coordinate this type of end-user control is presented. The algorithm is based on a layered architecture that would follow a chain of command from the top layer (transmission grid) to the bottom layer (distribution grid). At the distribution grid layer, certain local problems can be solved without the intervention of the top layers. A reactive load control optimization algorithm to improve the voltage profile in distribution grid is presented. The framework presented in this paper integrates agent-based technologies to manage the data and control actions required to operate this type of architecture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5680629
Pages (from-to)173-180
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Distributed control
  • incident command system
  • intelligent agents
  • reactive power resources
  • voltage control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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