Q-Learning Based Impact Assessment of Propagating Extreme Weather on Distribution Grids: Preprint

Fei Ding, Shuva Paul, Utkarsh Kumar, Weijia Liu, Zhen Ni

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Abstract

Increasing number of power outage events due to extreme weather condition is hampering us socioeconomically. Preparing in advance for the extreme weather event is critical and can help utility operators to reduce grid damages, restore grid service quickly, allocate energy resources and repair crews strategically, and hence dramatically increase grid resilience. In this paper, we propose a method to identify the sequence of worst impact zones in the power grid caused by extreme weather events based on Q-learning (a reinforcement learning algorithm). To quantify weather severity and it’s effect on the grid, we model the impact of extreme weather on the grid as a function of intensity, vulnerability and exposure. A modified IEEE 123-node distribution feeder is presented in a mesh grid and experimented for sequences of zones identification. Finally, simulation results present the identified sequences and their associated impacts on the grid caused by the extreme weather events.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2021
Event2020 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (IEEE PES GM) -
Duration: 3 Aug 20206 Aug 2020

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (IEEE PES GM)
Period3/08/206/08/20

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5D00-79035 for paper as published in proceedings

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-75380

Keywords

  • distribution system
  • extreme weather
  • grid resilience
  • grid vulnerability
  • impact analysis
  • Q-learning

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