Smart curtailment for congestion management in LV distribution network

A. N.M.M. Haque, M. T. Rahman, P. H. Nguyen, F. W. Bliek

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The rapid proliferation of distributed energy resources (DERs) leads to capacity challenges, i.e. network congestions, in the low-voltage (LV) distribution networks. A number of strategies are being widely studied to tackle the challenges with direct switching actions such as load shedding or power curtailment. On the other hand, various market-based demand response (DR) programs have been developed to influence the large number of DERs to use their flexibility to deal with network congestions. However, most of the market-based solutions rely on the flexibilities of the DERs, thus cannot solve the congestion when flexibility is not available in the network. To complement the market-based solutions, a smart active power curtailment based mechanism is necessary for managing the congestions in the distribution network. In this paper, we propose a novel method for congestion management by active power curtailment based on a Mixed-Integer Programming technique. In addition, two greedy selection methods together with fair power curtailment and security constrained OPF methods have been developed for the sake of comparison. The overall performance of the proposed approach and the comparison with other methods have been verified by a simulation with a typical LV network of the Netherlands.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2016
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509041688
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2016
Event2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2016 - Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, United States
Duration: 17 Jul 201621 Jul 2016


Conference2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2016
Abbreviated titlePESGM 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Congestion management
  • Curtailment cost
  • Graceful degradation
  • Thermal overloading


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