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Energies 2018, 11(7), 1628; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11071628

The Value of Day-Ahead Coordination of Power and Natural Gas Network Operations

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cleaNRGi® Solutions GmbH, 45127 Essen, Germany
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Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO 15013, USA
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Received: 13 April 2018 / Revised: 2 June 2018 / Accepted: 5 June 2018 / Published: 22 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Electrical Power and Energy System)
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Abstract

The operations of electricity and natural gas transmission networks in the U.S. are increasingly interdependent, due to the growing number of installations of gas fired generators and the penetration of renewable energy sources. This development suggests the need for closer communication and coordination between gas and power transmission system operators in order to improve the efficiency and reliability of the combined energy system. In this paper, we present a co-simulation platform for examining the interdependence between natural gas and electricity transmission networks based on a direct current unit-commitment and economic dispatch model for the power system and a transient hydraulic gas model for the gas system. We analyze the value of day-ahead coordination of power and natural gas network operations and show the importance of considering gas system constraints when analyzing power systems operation with high penetration of gas generators and renewable energy sources. Results show that day-ahead coordination contributes to a reduction in curtailed gas during high stress periods (e.g., large gas offtake ramps) and a reduction in energy consumption of gas compressor stations. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy systems integration; sector coupling; power gas simulation; day-ahead and real-time coordination; power gas interdependence energy systems integration; sector coupling; power gas simulation; day-ahead and real-time coordination; power gas interdependence
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Pambour, K.A.; Sopgwi, R.T.; Hodge, B.-M.; Brancucci, C. The Value of Day-Ahead Coordination of Power and Natural Gas Network Operations. Energies 2018, 11, 1628.

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