Optimal short-term scheduling for cascaded hydroelectric power systems considering variations in electricity prices

Author(s): F. Welt, P. Mathur, C.L.E. Swartz, D. Zyngier
Part of the proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering - PSE 2018 July 1-5 2018, San Diego, California, USA


The efficient utilization of all the limited available resources plays a significant role in the operation of hydroelectric power systems. The purpose of scheduling in such systems is to determine the optimal power generation and generating unit commitment schedules so as to optimize an economic performance indicator subject to various system and external constraints. Fluctuations in electricity prices caused by the ever changing market conditions have a significant impact on the generation schedules for hydroelectric power systems. This may also give rise to a phenomenon of significant variation in optimal power generation and unit commitment schedules in response to slight fluctuations in pricing. These variations are undesirable since they warrant changes to the operational policy. This work focuses on the analysis of this “nervousness” phenomenon and the development of two strategies to mitigate its severity. This work involves the development of a mixed-integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) model for the short-term hydro scheduling (STHS) problem and its solution using a computationally efficient successive linear programming (SLP) technique. The effectiveness of the proposed methodology is demonstrated through the case study of scheduling in a cascaded hydroelectric power system operating for the duration of a day.