Barbara Villarosa | July 10, 2019
Vijay Gupta, professor of electrical engineering and an ND Energy faculty affiliate at the University of Notre Dame, has received the 2018 Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize from the IEEE Control Systems Society. Established in 2005, this award recognizes young researchers for their distinguished, cutting-edge contributions to the theory or application of systems and control, honoring the memory of Antonio Ruberti, professor and pioneer of automatic control in Italy.
Among his notable contributions is Gupta’s recent study that was published in the May issue of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, in which he reveals the problem and solution associated with utility companies incentivizing customers to reduce their electricity usage during demand periods.
“Demand-side solutions are becoming more and more important to guarantee reliable power supply as demand spikes happen with increasing severity and frequency,” states Gupta. “These solutions also increase the flexibility available to the grid operators, which is especially important as renewable penetration increases in the grid.”
In 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order 745, which allows customers who reduce demand to participate in electricity markets just as if they met that demand with generated electricity. Utility companies have been designing various payment systems ever since. However, in Gupta’s study, he reveals that the main problem with compensating customers for demand reduction is identifying the validity of the baseline demand claimed by the customers.
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