Long Term Power Generation Planning Under Uncertainty

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2009-01-01
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Jin, Shan
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Generation expansion planning concerns investment and operation decisions for different types of power plants over a multi-decade horizon under various uncertainties. The goal of this research is to improve decision-making under various long term uncertainties and assure a robust generation expansion plan with low cost and risk over all possible future scenarios. In a multi-year numerical case study, we present a procedure to deal with the long term uncertainties by first modeling them as a multidimensional stochastic process and then generating a scenario tree accordingly. Two-stage stochastic programming is applied to minimize the total expected cost, and robust optimization is further applied to reduce the cost variance. Results of experiments on a realistic case study are compared. An efficient frontier of the planning solutions that illustrates the tradeoff between the cost and risk is further shown and analyzed.

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power generation expansion planning, production tax credit, robust optimization, scenario tree, stochastic programming, uncertainty
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