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A flexible tool for integrated planning of active distribution networks

Arefi, A.ORCID: 0000-0001-9642-7639, Ledwich, G., Boulaire, F., Abeygunawardana, A. and Drogemuller, R. (2015) A flexible tool for integrated planning of active distribution networks. In: 23rd International Conference on Electricity Distribution, 15 - 18 June 2015, Lyon, France



This paper presents a flexible and integrated planning tool for active distribution network to maximise the benefits of having high level s of renewables, customer engagement, and new technology implementations. The tool has two main processing parts: “optimisation” and “forecast”. The “optimization” part is an automated and integrated planning framework to optimize the net present value (NPV) of investment strategy for electric distribution network augmentation over large areas and long planning horizons (e.g. 5 to 20 years) based on a modified particle swarm optimization (MPSO). The “forecast” is a flexible agent-based framework to produce load duration curves (LDCs) of load forecasts for different levels of customer engagement, energy storage controls, and electric vehicles (EVs). In addition, “forecast” connects the existing databases of utility to the proposed tool as well as outputs the load profiles and network plan in Google Earth. This integrated tool enables different divisions within a utility to analyze their programs and options in a single platform using comprehensive information.

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