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A new long-term hydro production scheduling method for maximizing the profit of hydroelectric systems

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3 Author(s)
Zuwei Yu ; Inst. of Interdisciplinary Eng. Studies, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN, USA ; Sparrow, F.T. ; Bowen, B.H.

This paper presents a new long-term hydrothermal production scheduling method. The proposed method maximizes the profit of hydroelectric plants, based on the monthly energy requirement of the system, instead of minimizing the production cost of thermal units. It is shown that different forms of composite thermal marginal costs will lead to the same hydro production schedule. Thus a linear marginal cost, the simplest form, is sufficient for long-term hydrothermal scheduling. A linear hydro marginal profit is also sufficient for this purpose. An immediate conclusion is that an actual composite thermal cost function, which is complicated by thermal unit availability, may not be needed for the long-term optimal hydrothermal scheduling. Due to this simplification, traditional long and mid-term hydrothermal scheduling, a complicated problem, becomes easier to solve. The method can be used by the owners of independent hydro plants in a region for long-term hydroelectric scheduling under both deregulation and competition. A case study shows that the model allocates successfully and efficiently the hydroelectric resources to peak demand periods with negligible computation time

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Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 1 )