Assessing flexibility requirements in power systems

Yury Dvorkin, Daniel S. Kirschen, Miguel A. Ortega-Vazquez

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This study proposes a methodology to assess the effect of wind power production on the flexibility requirements of a power system. First, the study describes the probabilistic characteristics of the intra-hour net load variability and demonstrates that they are best captured by non-parametric statistics. Then, this non-parametric approach is used to determine simultaneously the hourly flexibility requirements at a given probability level for large and small, continuous and discrete disturbances. This approach allocates the required flexibility among primary, secondary and tertiary regulation intervals. The usefulness of this method is then illustrated using actual 1 min resolution net load data, which has been clustered to take advantage of seasonal and daily differences in flexibility requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1820-1830
Number of pages11
JournalIET Generation, Transmission and Distribution
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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