Demonstrating the Capacity Benefits of Dynamic Ratings in Smarter Distribution Networks

L. F. Ochoa, Lucy Cradden, Gareth Harrison

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Distribution networks are increasingly required to host medium to large volumes of distributed (renewable) generation capacity. To facilitate high penetration levels of these new network participants it is crucial to adopt new control strategies in which the distribution systems are operated actively. The wide deployment of schemes such as coordinated voltage control (CVC) or non-firm connections will depend on communication and control infrastructure that is likely to be part of future Smart Grid investments. This infrastructure scenario might also make viable the use of advanced real-time measurement devices required to dynamically assess overhead line ratings. Given the inherent correlation of wind power output, wind speeds and temperature, this work is aimed at demonstrating the benefits that the adoption of dynamic ratings might bring to allow the connection of more wind power capacity. A multi-period AC Optimal Power Flow (OPF)-based technique is used to evaluate the maximum capacity of new generation considering control strategies such as dynamic ratings and CVC. The method caters for the variability of demand, wind resource and temperature. Results from a simple test feeder demonstrate the significant generation capacity gains compared to the passive operation of the network.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE PES Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4244-6333-6
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2010


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