Economic Dispatch & Grid Stability Constraints In Power System

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Course Description

This highly-interactive course includes real-life case studies and exercises where participants will be engaged in a series of interactive small groups and class workshops.  This training course gives you sufficient knowledge about generator dynamics, and concept of stability in power system operation. Also, you will learn how electricity is generated in generators from an AC current supply and what intermediate steps are needed to deliver the generated power to the customers with high reliability.

This training course discusses the simplified generator models which are commonly used in dynamic stability studies. By taking this training course, the audience will learn the modern control approaches implemented for generators to maintain the voltage and frequency within the limits. The idea of primary and secondary frequency control/droop control in synchronous generators is included in the discussions. In order to increase the reliable operation of the system during the load changes, concept of power-angle stability and voltage stability (voltage collapse) are described in this training course. Moreover, alternatives for load restorations using tap changer transformers are also covered. This training course not only focuses on the generation side, but also covers the transmission level by introducing the concept of power flow as an advanced tool to calculate the operating points in the power system.  Different power flow formulation approaches including DC and AC power flow is discussed. To solve the power flow in the power system, Guass-Seidel, Newton-Raphson and fast decoupled approaches are introduced. This lays the basic foundations of generation plants (or generators), their control, concepts of economic dispatch, and power flow analysis.

This training course will feature:

  • Power generation characteristics, Economic dispatch problem and Thermal unit economic dispatch and methods of solution.
  • Optimization with constraints, using dynamic programming for solving economic dispatch and other optimization problems and Transmission system effects.
  • The unit commitment problem and solution methods.
  • Generation scheduling in systems with limited energy supplies, Production cost models, Automatic generation control and Interchange of power and energy.
  • Power system security techniques, Least-squares techniques for power system estimation, and Optimal power flow techniques and illustrative applications.

Benefit of Attending

By the end of this training course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply and gain an in-depth knowledge on economic dispatch of power plants
  • Identify the characteristics of power generation units and introduce them to the economic dispatch of thermal units and the methods of solution
  • Discuss the transmission system effects, unit commitment and the generation with limited energy supply
  • Implement the production cost models and be able to adapt the control of generation
  • Use new techniques for solving old problems and new problem areas that are arising from changes in the system development patterns, regulatory structures, and economics
  • Solve complicated problems, involving both economic analysis and network analysis and illustrate the solving techniques with relatively simple problems

Who Should Attend

  • This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

    • Power system analysts and engineers, including generation and transmission planners, protection engineers
    • Power developers and marketers
    • Transmission Planning Engineer
    • Plant Operations Engineer (POE)
    • Regulatory staff, economic and management consultants


This training course will utilise a variety of proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. This includes lectures, workshops & work presentations, case studies & practical exercises, videos and software & simulators.

Course Outline

  • Characteristics of Steam Units
  • Variations in Steam Unit Characteristics
  • Cogeneration Plants
  • Typical Generation Data
  • The Power Flow Problem and Its Solution
  • Transmission Losses
  • The Economic Dispatch Problem
  • Thermal System Dispatching with Network Losses Considered
  • The Lambda-Iteration and Newton’s Methods
  • Gradient Methods of Economic Dispatch
  • Economic Dispatch with Piecewise Linear Cost Functions and by using Dynamic Program
  • Economic Dispatch Versus Unit Commitment
  • Constraints in Unit Commitment
  • Unit Commitment Solution Methods
  • Composite Generation Production Cost Function
  • Solution by Gradient Search Techniques
  • Hard Limits and Slack Variables
  • Fuel Scheduling by Linear Programming
  • Uses and Types of Production Cost Programs
  • Probability Methods and Uses in Generation Planning Problems
  • Generator, Load, Prime-Mover, Governor and Tie-Line Models
  • Economy Interchange between Interconnected Utilities
  • Transmission Effects and Issues
  • Power System Security
  • Introduction to Advanced Topics in Estimation
  • Application of Power Systems Estimation
  • Solution of the Optimal Power Flow
  • Linear Sensitivity Analysis
  • Security-Constrained Optimal Power Flow
  • Impacts of Free–Market Pricing on Economic Dispatch Decisions