Special Issue "Energy Scheduling and Trading in Microgrids and Local Energy Communities"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart Grids and Microgrids".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 14 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Barry Hayes
Guest Editor
School of Engineering, University College Cork, College Road, Cork T12 K8AF, Ireland
Interests: Power systems, power delivery and utilisation, smart grids, distribution system state estimation, distribution network energy management systems, demand side management
Dr. Vahid Hosseinnezhad
Guest Editor
School of Engineering, University College Cork, College Road, Cork T12 K8AF, Ireland
Interests: Market, Transactive energy management, Smart grid, IOT, Blockchain

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce this Special Issue on the topic "Energy Scheduling and Trading in Microgrids and Local Energy Communities".

Increasingly, the microgrid and local energy community concepts are being applied to integrate distributed energy resources into the power system and to achieve local balancing of generation and demand. Energy scheduling is particularly challenging in microgrids, since there is significant uncertainty on the supply side (due to the stochastic nature of renewable generation), and on the demand side (where local demands have higher levels of uncertainty than in large-scale grids). Recent research has also investigated local energy markets, which allow small-scale producers and consumers to trade energy directly with one another, in order to minimise their operational costs. Energy trading in microgrids and local energy communities presents many challenges, including the setting of fair trading prices, the allocation of network losses and charges, and the management of network constraints.

The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together new research that addresses issues related to energy scheduling and trading in microgrids and local energy communities. The scope of this Special Issue covers isolated microgrids (with no grid connection), embedded microgrids (can operate in grid-connected or island mode), and local energy communities (comprised of consumers cooperating to satisfy their energy needs using local production sources, and which are not designed to operate in an island mode).

We invite original and unpublished research work in the following areas including, but not limited to:

- Energy scheduling in microgrids and local energy communities

- Market models for energy trading in microgrids and local energy communities

- Energy exchange between multiple microgrids

- Optimisation techniques applied to microgrids and local energy communities

- Multi-agent systems applied to microgrids and local energy communities

- Field experiences from microgrids and local energy communities

Dr. Barry Hayes
Dr. Vahid Hosseinnezhad
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Microgrid
  • Local energy communities
  • Energy scheduling
  • Local energy markets
  • Distributed energy resources
  • Smart grids
  • Energy management
  • Optimisation techniques
  • Multi-agent systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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