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Monday, November 16, 2009
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Theoretical Division Office Conference Room, Bldg 123


Long-term planning of Generation, Transmission and Distribution Assets

Joydeep Mitra
Michigan State University

This decade marks the beginning of a process of renewal of the electric energy industry. Widespread deployment of new, diverse and distributed generation assets has begun, and it has become increasingly evident that significant additions need to be made to the transmission and distribution (T&D) system. At the same time, new sensing and control technologies are being deployed system-wide. Consequently, it will become necessary to be considerably more prudent in planning for expansion than we have been in the past. Responsible, long-term strategies will become necessary, and the planning process will become more complex. It will become important to take into account the impacts on controllability, stability and reliability. The speaker will share some of his research experience with strategic planning of distribution assets and distributed generators, particularly in the area of reliability-centered design and planning for optimal expansion of distribution systems, in both customer-driven and utility-driven scenarios. He will present applications of both evolutionary and traditional methods in reliability-centered expansion planning. He will discuss ways of adapting and applying some of these approaches to the bulk power system. The speaker hopes to stimulate discussion on directions for future research on long-term planning for tomorrow’s cyber-enabled power system, and on opportunities for collaborative work in this emerging field. Biography: Joydeep Mitra is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Faculty Associate of the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University, East Lansing. He received his B.Tech. (Hons.) degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and his Ph.D. degree, also in Electrical Engineering, from Texas A&M University, College Station. Dr. Mitra’s experience includes five years in industry and nine in academia. His research interests include power system reliability, distributed energy resources, and power system planning. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Sandia National Laboratories, Bonneville Power Administration, and Ottertail Power Company. Dr. Mitra is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and recipient of a Career Award from the National Science Foundation, USA.

Host: Misha Chertkov