Characterizing capacity of flexible loads for providing grid support

Austin R. Coffman, Zhong Guo, Prabir Barooah

Flexible loads are a resource for the Balancing Authority (BA) of the future to aid in the balance of supply and demand in the power grid. Consequently, it is of interest for a BA to know how much flexibility a collection of loads has, so to successfully incorporate flexible loads into grid level resource allocation. Loads' flexibility is limited by all their Quality of Service (QoS) requirements. In this work we present a characterization of capacity for a collection of flexible loads. This characterization is in terms of the Power Spectral Density (PSD) of the reference signal. Two advantages of our characterization are: (i) it easily allows for a BA to use the characterization for resource allocation of flexible loads and (ii) it allows for precise definitions of the power and energy capacity for a collection of flexible loads.

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