Keywords: wind power, load management, binary integer optimisation, wind energy, simulation, Ireland, renewable energy, electricity markets, market liberalisation, power systems, wind farms, real-time control
Simulating real-time load management to maximise wind energy supply within a liberalised electricity market ? Irish case study
The realisation of two key energy policy goals pose significant challenges for power systems operation and control, namely electricity market liberalisation and increased penetration of renewable energy. This paper uses a case study analysis to explore solutions to these new challenges. The focus is on simulating real-time load management to maximise wind energy supply to a local authority (municipality). The first part of the case study analysis is a one year simulation of electricity supply from a wind farm. The second part simulates real-time load management to maximise the use of the wind energy supply. The control strategy is developed and a number of scenarios are explored with regard to the key controllable loads, namely those associated with water pumping. The real-time simulation is carried out in MATLAB. The paper concludes by mapping out the how real time control will be achieved based on the simulation carried out.