Power Systems Engineering Research Center

Project Summaries

Power Systems

Seamless Bulk Electric Grid Management (S-53G)

Summary Power system engineering and management involves complex decision making at various stages from long-term planning to real-time control to post-operational analysis. As the power industry continues to evolve in the quest for new functionality and performance, the complexity of engineering and management decision-making is growing rapidly. The current power system decision-making tools use paradigms and frameworks based on the traditional separation of utility departments (protections, operations, planning, etc.). The corresponding software systems use task-specific, piece-meal models and applications that remain largely incompatible and non-interoperable. Decision-making in the future grid requires novel frameworks that break down historical barriers and that enable diverse, interrelated and complex information sources and systems to interoperate, achieving seamless engineering and advanced analytics capabilities enterprise-wide. The availability of massive data, advances in high-performance computing, modern software architectures, and innovative common models and unified application propositions, have the potential to achieve seamless decision-making, enabling utilities to achieve unprecedented agility and effectiveness. This project will investigate the requirements and frameworks that would enable seamless bulk electricity grid management.
Academic Team Members Project Leader:Santiago Grijalva (Georgia Tech, sgrijalva@ece.gatech.edu)
Team members: Anjan Bose (Washington State University, bose@wsu.edu)
Industry Team Members Paul Myrda (EPRI)