Journal article

OPF-Based CVR Operation in PV-Rich MV-LV Distribution Networks

Luis Gutierrez-Lagos, Luis F Ochoa

IEEE Transactions on Power Systems | IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC | Published : 2019


Conservation voltage reduction (CVR) has been traditionally applied adopting moderate settings at primary substations and when distributed generation was uncommon. However, as new infrastructure is deployed across European-style medium voltage (MV) and low voltage (LV) networks, driven by increasing photovoltaic (PV) penetration levels, the opportunity arises to develop more advanced CVR schemes. This paper proposes a centralized, three-phase AC optimal power flow (OPF)-based CVR scheme that, using monitoring, on-load tap changers and capacitors across MV and LV, actively manages voltages to minimize energy consumption, even with high PV penetration, while considering MV-LV constraints. To t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported in part by Electricity North West, U.K., through the Ofgem's Low Carbon Networks Fund Tier 2 Project "Smart Street," 2014-2017.