Decentralized elastic electricity demand scheduling

Bruno Mendivez Vasquez, Lachlan L.H. Andrew, Julian Garcia

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The adoption of intermittent renewables in the electricity grid will increasingly require loads to track available generation. This paper proposes several algorithms to schedule flexible-power loads that arrive unpredictably to a grid-connected microgrid. These are based on standard schedulers such as Shortest Remaining Processing Time (SRPT), adapted to the fact that appliances have maximum power ratings. A simple decentralized scheduler is applied to ensure that the aggregate load does not exceed the generation, and a gain control mechanism is proposed to stabilize the system. The proposed scheduler has two sources of sub-optimality: determining the values of the control signals, and their overall structures. In order to separate these two effects, we consider a full communication version as a benchmark in order to assess performance against the SRPT-based algorithms and fair sharing. This full communication "decentralized"approach approximates the performance of SRPT-based policies, suggesting that a true decentralized controller may be feasible in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE Asia-Pacific Conference on Computer Science and Data Engineering (CSDE 2021)
EditorsA B M Shawkat Ali, Kaylash Chaudhary
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9781665495523
ISBN (Print)9781665495530
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventIEEE Asia-Pacific Conference on Computer Science and Data Engineering 2021 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 8 Dec 202110 Dec 2021
Conference number: 8th,This%20year%20The%208th%20IEEE%20CSDE%202021%2C%20the%20Asia%2DPacific,best%20lifestyles%20in%20the%20world. (Website)


ConferenceIEEE Asia-Pacific Conference on Computer Science and Data Engineering 2021
Abbreviated titleCSDE 2021
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  • Micro-grid
  • on-line scheduling

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