Voltage regulation algorithms for multiphase power distribution grids

Vassilis Kekatos, Liang Zhang, Georgios B. Giannakis, Ross Baldick

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Time-varying renewable energy generation can result in serious under-/over-voltage conditions in future distribution grids. Augmenting conventional utility-owned voltage regulating equipment with the reactive power capabilities of distributed generation units is a viable solution. Local control options attaining global voltage regulation optimality at fast convergence rates is the goal here. In this context, novel reactive power control rules are analyzed under a unifying linearized grid model. For single-phase grids, our proximal gradient scheme has computational complexity comparable to that of the rule suggested by the IEEE 1547.8 standard, but it enjoys well-characterized convergence guarantees. Furthermore, adding memory to the scheme results in accelerated convergence. For three-phase grids, it is shown that reactive power injections have a counter-intuitive effect on bus voltage magnitudes across phases. Nevertheless, when our control scheme is applied to unbalanced conditions, it is shown to reach an equilibrium point. Numerical tests using the IEEE 13-bus, the IEEE 123-bus, and a Southern California Edison 47-bus feeder with increased renewable penetration verify the properties of the schemes and their resiliency to grid topology reconfigurations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7317598
Pages (from-to)3913-3923
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2016

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  • Accelerated proximal gradient
  • PV inverters
  • linear distribution flow model
  • three-phase distribution grids


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