OPF Techniques for Real-Time Active Management of Distribution Networks

James Robertson, Gareth Harrison, Alexander Wallace

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This paper presents a method for real-time active network management (ANM) control to maximize network-wide energy yield in constrained networks. Coordinated scheduling of renewable distributed generation (DG) and distribution network control assets can limit DG curtailment and significantly increase energy yield and economic performance of DG. Here an optimal power flow (OPF) approach has been developed for real-time online scheduling of network control settings to better integrate high levels of temporally and spatially variable DG from renewable energy resources. Results show that real-time prescription of ANM control settings provides a feasible alternative to network reinforcement under the existing passive management philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3529-3537
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number5
Early online date7 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017


  • active network management
  • distributed generation
  • Optimal Power Flow
  • distribution management system
  • real-time system
  • Load flow
  • Voltage control
  • Reactive power
  • Delays


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