Transmission capacity expansion planning
This talk will begin with a discussion of transmission and distribution capacity expansion planning, highlighting selected issues in "traditional" planning, including the planning horizon, drivers of expansion, temporal focus, uncertainties, North American Electric Reliability Corporation requirements, and traditional software tools used. The need for large-scale build-outs for renewables, and the replacement and upgrading of infrastructure, dictates a change to this paradigm that takes advantage of modern optimization techniques. The balance of the talk will present progress towards an optimization framework for transmission expansion planning, including qualitative formulation and preliminary results.
Ross Baldick is Professor and Leland Barclay Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Center for Electric Vehicles: Transportation Electricity Convergence. He received his B.Sc. and B.E. (medal (pr. acc.)) degrees from the University of Sydney, Australia and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1991-1992 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. In 1992 and 1993 he was an assistant professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Baldick received a National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award in 1993; a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1994; and Engineering Foundation Faculty Award, University of Texas at Austin, in1997, and has been the Principal Investigator on approximately 20 funded research projects. He has published over seventy refereed journal articles, made presentations on over seventy-five different topics, and has research interests in a number of areas in electric power. He received the Best Presentation in Energy Sponsored Sessions Award, INFORMS Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2003 (with Stathis Tompaidis and Sergey Kolos) and the IEEE Power Engineering Society, Power System Analysis, Computing, and Economics Technical Committee Prize Paper Award, in 2006 (with Richard P. O'Neill, Udi Helman, Michael H. Rothkopf, and William Stewart, Jr.)
His current research involves optimization and economic theory applied to electric power system operations, the public policy and technical issues associated with electric transmission under electricity market restructuring, the robustness of the electricity system to terrorist interdiction, electrification of the transportation industry, and the economic implications of integration of renewables. His book, Applied Optimization, is based on a graduate class, “Optimization of Engineering Systems” that he teaches in the electrical and computer engineering department at The University of Texas. He also teaches a three-day short-course “Introduction to Electric Power for Legal, Accounting, and Regulatory Professionals” and a one-day short-course “Locational Marginal Pricing” for non-technical professionals in the electricity industry. He is a former editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and former chairman of the System Economics Sub-Committee of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Power Systems Analysis, Computation, and Economics Committee. Dr. Baldick is a Fellow of the IEEE and past Director of the NSF I/UCRC on Electric Vehicles: Transportation and Electricity Convergence.