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Applying High Performance Computing to Transmission-Constrained Stochastic Unit Commitment for Renewable Energy Integration

Publication Date: January 1, 2015

Papavasiliou, Anthony, Shmuel Oren, Barry Rountree, “Applying High Performance Computing to Transmission-Constrained Stochastic Unit Commitment for Renewable Energy Integration”, IEEE PES Transactions, Vol 30, No. 3, (2015) pp. 1109-1120


Abstract: We present a parallel implementation of Lagrangian relaxation for solving stochastic unit commitment subject to uncertainty in renewable power supply and generator and transmission line failures. We describe a scenario selection algorithm inspired by importance sampling in order to formulate the stochastic unit commitment problem and validate its performance by comparing it to a stochastic formulation with a very large
number of scenarios, that we are able to solve through parallelization. We examine the impact of narrowing the duality gap on the performance of stochastic unit commitment and compare it to the impact of increasing the number of scenarios in the model. We report results on the running time of the model and discuss the applicability of the method in an operational setting.