Reliability by design in distributed power transmission networks

Mike Chen, In Koo Cho, Sean P. Meyn

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The system operator of a large power transmission network must ensure that power is delivered whenever there is demand in order to maintain highly reliable electric service. To fulfill this mandate, the system operator must procure reserve capacity to respond to unforeseen events such as an unexpected surge in demand. This paper constructs a centralized optimal solution for a power network model by generalizing recent techniques for the centralized optimal control of demand-driven production systems. The optimal solution indicates how reserves must be adjusted according to environmental factors including variability, and the ramping-rate constraints on generation. Sensitivity to transmission constraints is addressed through the construction of an effective cost on an aggregate model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1267-1281
Number of pages15
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Inventory theory
  • Networks
  • Optimization
  • Power transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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