Hierarchical energy management in smart grids : Flexibility prediction, scheduling and resilient control

Abstract: The electric power industry and society are facing challenges and opportunitiesof transforming the present power grid into a smart grid. Energymanagement systems (EMSs) play an important role in smart grids. A generalhierarchical structure for EMSs is considered here, which is composed ofa lower layer and an upper layer.The first research objective of the thesis is detailed modeling, schedulingand control of flexible loads at the lower layer of EMSs. To do this, a wellstudiedframework has been extended, which focuses on scheduling of staticloads and dynamic loads for home energy management systems (HEMSs).Then, a robust formulation of the framework is proposed, which takes theuser behavior uncertainty into account so that the cost of optimal schedulingof appliances is less sensitive to unpredictable changes in user preferences.Considering that the optimization algorithms in the proposed framework canbe computationally intensive, an efficient plug-and-play policy is proposedand validated through several simulation studies.The second research objective is to predict, plan, and control the aggregatedflexible load at the upper layer. Here, an iterative distributed approachamong aggregator and HEMSs is designed, to maximize the aggregated profitmade out of the shared energy storage system, while technical and operationalconstraints are satisfied. In addition, a strategy is proposed for flexibilityprediction of aggregated heterogeneous thermostatically controlled loads ina single micro-community of households. Then, algorithms are designed forplanning and control of aggregated flexibility in several micro-communities,to be used for bidding in energy and reserve markets.To meet these research objectives, the control systems in the hierarchicalEMSs are connected over IT infrastructures and are in interaction with endusers.While this is done to achieve economical and environmental goals,it also introduces new sources of uncertainty in the control loops. Thus,the third research objective is to design policies to make the EMSs resilientagainst uncertainties and cyber attacks. Here, the user behavior uncertaintyhas been modeled, and a robust formulation is designed so that the optimalsolution for scheduling of appliances is more resilient to the uncertainties. Inaddition, fault-tolerant control techniques have been applied to a hierarchicalEMS to mitigate cyber-physical attacks, with no need for major re-designof the local control loops in already existing EMSs. Moreover, stability andoptimal performance of the proposed attack-resilient control policy have been proven.