Multilevel unit commitment in smart grids

M.G.C. Bosman, Albert Molderink, Vincent Bakker, Gerardus Johannes Maria Smit, Johann L. Hurink

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This paper focuses on the planning of electricity resources in the developing electricity infrastructure. First we model the existing infrastructure and extend this model to a smart grid infrastructure, where we focus on the large scale introduction of small electricity generators, leading to generation possibilities at both ends of the electricity network. Then the traditional Unit Commitment Problem (UCP) is given. We extend this formulation to the Multilevel Unit Commitment Problem (MUCP), where we describe and include the possibilities that arise in the developing smart grid, in a general way. Based on the characteristics of the problem with its subdivision into different levels, a planning method for the MUCP is described. Finally we solve and analyze a scenario, where a fleet of 5000 houses is added to a small collection of power plants.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems
Place of PublicationSetubal, Portugal
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-989-8425-97-3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event1st International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems 2012 - Vilamoura, Portugal, Vilamoura, Portugal
Duration: 6 Feb 20128 Feb 2012
Conference number: 1

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Conference1st International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems 2012
Abbreviated titleICORES 2012
Internet address


  • METIS-286362
  • Column generation
  • Smart Grids
  • Unit commitment
  • EWI-21869
  • IR-80473

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