Receding-Horizon OPF for Real-Time Active Management of Distribution Networks

James Robertson, Gareth Harrison, Alexander Wallace

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This paper presents a new formulation for real-time active network management (ANM) control of distribution networks to maximise energy yield from distributed generation (DG). Coordinated scheduling of renewable DG and distribution network control assets can limit DG curtailment and significantly increase energy yield and economic performance of DG in weak or congested networks. Optimal power flow (OPF) has been employed in the literature for this purpose. However, single time frame snapshot formulations are limited by their narrow interpretation of temporal constraints. Here a formulation is presented for a new receding-horizon (RH) OPF technique to better control real-time ANM in distribution networks with high levels of temporally and spatially variable renewable DG. It is shown to improve the coordination between time sequences of system dispatch and improve voltage performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2124 – 2131
JournalIET Generation, Transmission and Distribution
Issue number9
Early online date26 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2018


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  • A Receding-Horizon OPF for Active Network Management

    Robertson, J., Harrison, G. & Wallace, R., 2013, 22nd International Conference and Exhibition on Electricity Distribution (CIRED 2013). IEEE

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