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Flexibility and Real Options Analysis in Design for Long-Term Generation Expansion Planning of Power Grids

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Muhammad Rahmat, Aakil Mohammad Caunhye, Michel-Alexandre Cardin

National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

Paper No. DETC2017-67494, pp. V007T06A039; 8 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 29th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5821-9
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


In recent years, the electricity industry has seen a drive towards the integration of renewable and environmentally friendly generation resources to power grids. These resources have highly variable availabilities. This work proposes a stochastic programming approach to optimize generation expansion planning (GEP) under generator supply capacity uncertainty. To better capture upside opportunities and reduce exposure to downside risks, flexibility is added to the GEP problem through real options on generator addition, which are to be exercised after uncertainty realizations. In addition, with the end goal of providing decision makers with easy-to-use guidelines, a conditional-go decision rule, akin to an if-then-else statement in programming, is proposed whereby the decision maker is provided with a threshold of excess total generator capacity from the previous time period, below which a predetermined generator addition plan (the option) is exercised. The proposed methodology and its decision rule are implemented in a real-world study of Midwest U.S. Comparisons are made to quantify the value of flexibility and to showcase the usefulness of the proposed approach.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME
Topics: Design , Power grids



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