Special Issue on Analysis, Control and Optimization of Energy System Networks

Scope: The increased deployment of new technologies, e.g., renewable generation and electric vehicles, is rapidly transforming power networks by blurring the previously distinct spatio-temporal scales that many traditional approaches rely on for designing, analyzing and operating power grids. Other energy systems, such as natural gas systems and district heating systems, are undergoing similar revolutionary transformations. This trend can be characterized as a disruptive surge in complexity that challenges design and operation, but also offers opportunities to deliver unprecedented efficiency and reliability.

We solicit original contributions for a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems (TCNS) which identify and solve emerging challenges in power systems and, more generally, in complex energy networks. We seek contributions in rigorous methods and algorithms as well as computational heuristics which will bridge the growing chasm between legacy energy systems and the future complex, math-validated and physics-enabled engineered networks.

Challenges in network control, optimization and big data of energy systems are manifold. For example, the central role of network control in power systems is to maintain desired operations while preventing contingency events involving voltage and/or frequency instability from developing into devastating cascades and blackouts. The rapid growth in renewable generation is displacing traditional forms of energy generation while increasing the need for controllable and flexible resources to balance fluctuations in load and generation. These fluctuations and frequent rearrangements of energy flows require new control mechanisms for the integrated energy infrastructures. Sensing and actuation technology is also required for improving observability, hierarchical control, flexibility and robustness.  An emergency control system needs to be developed to monitor, verify and act to guarantee that the system remains within operational limits during post-contingency dynamics. These major challenges are both theoretical and computational. Their solutions call for sound theory which can then be turned into scalable algorithms and software implementable in practical systems.

Topics: The theme of the special issue will be emerging theoretical and computational methods for the analysis, control and optimization of energy networks such as power networks, natural gas systems, and district heating systems. The main focus will be on methods which are informed by underlying physical flows, are aided by data, and mitigate increasing uncertainty.

Special Topics include but not limited to:

  • Tractable outer and inner approximations for feasible domains of network operations
  • Chance constrained and robust optimization and control of networks
  • Emergency control, or control of dangerous transients
  • Operation and uncertainty aware network expansion and asset management methods
  • Inference and learning of network topology
  • Joint statistical modeling and reconstruction of loads, renewable generation, components failures, and costs of service interruptions
  • Control and optimization for demand response technology, e.g. ensemble and mean-field control of loads
  • Coordinated control of coupled energy systems, such as power and natural gas networks

Submission Details:

All papers submitted to this special issue will be subject to peer review in accordance with the established practice of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. Papers that do not fall within the scope of the special issue will be returned to the authors without review, to enable them to submit them as regular papers through the normal channels. The manuscript format should follow the guidelines posted on the TCNS web site. Please submit your paper through CONES, the TCNS on-line submission site.

Guest editors:

Michael Chertkov, Los Alamos National Laboratory (email)
Mihailo Jovanovic, Electrical Engineering – Systems, University of Southern California (email)
Bernie Lesieutre, Electrical & Computing Engineering, University of Wisconsin (email)
Steven Low, Computing & Mathematical Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Caltech (email)
Pascal Van Hentenryck, Industrial & Operations Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Michigan (email)
Louis Wehenkel, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Liege (email)

Important information
Submissions Open: November 15, 2017 Submission Deadline: January 7, 2018
First Decision: May, 2018 Acceptance: October, 2018
Final Manuscripts Due: December, 2018 Publication: June, 2019
Submissions are accepted through the TCNS Submission site CONES. You must have an IEEE PIN number to submit a manuscript. In the CONES site, please select this special issue for your manscript submission.  To prepare your paper, please consult the TCNS Information for Authors.