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Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Salman Mohagheghi; Steffen Rebennack
Publication Date: 2015

We study a two-stage stochastic and nonlinear optimization model for operating a power grid exposed to a natural disaster. Although this approach can be generalized to any natural hazard of continuous (and not instantaneous) nature, our focus is on wildfires. We assume that an approaching wildfire impacts the power grid by reducing the transmission capacity of its overhead lines. At the time when proactive decisions have to be taken, the severity of the wildfire is not known. This introduces uncertainty. In this paper, we extend previous work by more realistically capturing this uncertainty and by strengthening the mathematical programming formulation through standard reformulation techniques. With these reformulation techniques, the resulting two-stage, convex mixed-integer quadratically constrained programming formulation can be efficiently solved using commercial quadratic programming solvers as demonstrated on a case study on a modified version of the IEEE 123-bus test system with 100 scenarios. We also quantify the uncertainties through a second case study using the following three standard metrics of two-stage stochastic optimization: the expected value of perfect information, the expected result of using the expected value solution and the value of the stochastic solution.

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Citation: Mohagheghi, Salman; Rebennack, Steffen. 2015. Optimal resilient power grid operation during the course of a progressing wildfire. International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems 73:843-852.

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  • convex reformulation
  • distributed energy resources
  • natural disaster
  • power grid
  • stochastic optimization
  • wildfires
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