Supervisory control for coordinating Volt/Var control devices on a distribution system

Ozdemir G. , Emiroğlu S., Baran M.

2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, ISGT 2016, Minnesota, United States Of America, 6 - 09 September 2016 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/isgt.2016.7781162
  • City: Minnesota
  • Country: United States Of America


This paper proposes a computationally efficient method for supervisory control of Volt/Var control devices-voltage regulators and capacitor banks - on a distribution system. The method searches for the best control settings for these devices as the operating conditions change on the system in real-time. The objective of the supervisory control is that of a volt/var optimization - minimize the power losses on the distribution circuit while keeping the node voltages within the acceptable range. The method considers multiple voltage regulators and capacitor banks on a distribution feeder. The test results show the effectiveness of method in terms of providing the global optimal solution with fast computational speed.