Conference Paper

Centralized and decentralized control for demand response

Pacific Northwest Nat. Lab., Richland, WA, USA
DOI: 10.1109/ISGT.2011.5759191 Conference: Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT), 2011 IEEE PES
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Demand response has been recognized as an essential element of the smart grid. Frequency response, regulation and contingency reserve functions performed traditionally by generators are now starting to involve demand side resources. Additional benefits from demand response include peak reduction and load shifting, which will defer new infrastructure investment and improve generator operation efficiency. Technical approaches designed to realize these functionalities can be categorized into centralized control and decentralized control, depending on where the response decision is made. This paper discusses these two control philosophies and compares their response performances in terms of delay time and predictability. A distribution system model with detailed household loads and controls is built to demonstrate the characteristics of the two approaches. The conclusion is that the promptness and reliability of decentralized control should be combined with the controllability and predictability of centralized control to achieve the best performance of the smart grid.

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    • "Authors in [3] classified these types of DR into two control categories: a centralized one in which we find DLC and a decentralized one that contains ARC. All types of DR control are applicable to medium and large industrial and commercial loads, but only dynamic pricing, DLC and ARC could be available for domestic appliances. "
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    • "Our objective is to manage the available resources efficiently and effectively so as to save both energy and cost. In order to achieve this, we use the demand-response (DR) model [11][16]. Based on a customer's demand, the available sources of energy are scheduled to obtain an optimized solution. "

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