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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
CNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)


Risk-Limiting Dispatch of the Smart Grid

Pravin Varaiya
University of California, Berkely

Federal programs are subsidizing deployments of smart grid elements. But for these initial deployments to grow, the smart grid needs to become self sustaining. This will require modifications in system operations that create a level field for both reliable and interruptible power. One such modification is proposed, founded on the concept of risk-limiting dispatch, and realized in a way that permits incremental deployment. The current practice of worst-case dispatch assumes reliable power sources and limited information. Risk-limiting dispatch relies on information—from sensors, generators and customers—to coordinate interruptible power sources and demand response.

Biography: Pravin Varaiya is Nortel Networks Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1975 to 1992 he was also Professor of Economics at Berkeley. His current research interests include transportation networks, electric power systems, and hybrid systems. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Honorary Doctorates, the Field Medal and Bode Prize of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science

Host: Misha Chertkov