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This paper presents a new method for solving efficiently a large-scale optimal unit commitment problem. Our problem includes three types of units (i) usual thermal units, (ii) fuel constrained thermal units and (iii) pumped-storage hydro units. The solution method uses a Lagrangian relaxation. For maximizing the Lagrangian function, a 'variable metric method' is tried instead of the subgradient method. Moreover, a new device for efficiently obtaining a feasible solution is proposed. This leads to very good numerical results. All important operating constraints are incorporated.