Game-theoretic control of small-scale power systems

Wayne W. Weaver, Philip T. Krein

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A power system is a collection of individual components that compete for system resources. This paper presents a game theoretic approach to the control decision process of individual sources and loads in small-scale and dc power systems. Framing the power system as a game between players facilitates the definition of individual objectives, which adds modularity and adaptability. The proposed methodology enhances the reliability and robustness of the system by avoiding the need for a central or supervisory control. It is also a way to integrate and combine supply and demand side management into a single approach. Examples are presented that use a simple nine bus dc power system to demonstrate the proposed method for various scenarios and player formulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1560-1567
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009


  • DC power systems
  • Demand side management
  • Distributed control
  • Distributed energy
  • Game theory
  • Microgrids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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