PES Webinar - Risk-managed Active Distribution Network Planning

IEEE Power & Energy Society Technical Webinar Series

Risk-managed Active Distribution Network Planning

25 October 2017 • 7:00 am Eastern

Presented by: Ali Arefi, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, Murdoch University
Professor Gerard Ledwich, Chair in Power Engineering, Queensland University of Technology
Anula Abeygunawardana, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow in Distribution Planning, Queensland University of Technology

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This webinar:

The increasing connection of renewable-based distributed generation (DG) in active distribution networks has resulted in high uncertainties associated with generation and demand forecast in long-term planning of such networks. To handle these uncertainties at a lower cost, temporary non-network solutions such as demand response and temporary energy resources are more promising options than network traditional alternatives. This presentation will address:

  • How to model and handle the uncertainties of renewables and demand forecast in long-term planning.
  • How to reduce long-run cost of networks and manage the risk of uncertainties using temporary non-network solutions.
  • How to integrate non-network solutions in a multi-stage distribution expansion planning.
  • How to determine an affordable combination of non-network solutions and network (traditional) solutions.

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The Presenters:

Ali ArefiAli Arefi (SM’14) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 2011. He has six years’ experiences with electric distribution industry. He has been the supervisor for 5 industry-funded research projects in different aspects of distribution networks. He was a Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology from 2012 to 2015, developing an automated tool for optimal investment strategy in electric distribution networks over large areas and long planning horizons. Now, he is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. His research interests are in the areas of electric delivery planning, state estimation, power quality, and energy efficiency.

Gerard LedwichGerard Ledwich (SM’89) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia, in 1976.

He has been Chair Professor in Electrical Power Engineering at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia, since 1998, and was Head of the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia, from 1997 to 1998. Previously, he was with the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, from 1976 to 1994. His research interests are in the areas of power systems, power electronics, and controls. Prof. Ledwich is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, Australia

Anula AbeygunawardanaAnula Abeygunawardana received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy in 2008. She has been a senior research fellow at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia since 2011. Prior to joining QUT, she was with the Center for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM), University of New South Wales, Australia. From 2008 to 2010, she worked for the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. From 2002 to 2006she was with the Asian Regional Research Program on “Energy Environment and Climate”, at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Previously, she worked as a senior lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Her research interests include power system planning, electricity markets, and energy and the environment.