Funding will support transformational energy tech framework, platform to improve economic efficiency of electricity system operations

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy announced that an interdisciplinary faculty team at Lehigh's Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE) will receive $2.5 million in funding. This funding will support the development of a framework and platform for asset and system risk management that can be incorporated into current electricity system operations to improve economic efficiency. The Lehigh team is one of ten teams awarded a total of $25 million in research funding under the Performance-based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, and Risk Management (PERFORM) program.

ARPA-E's PERFORM program works to develop innovative management systems that represent the relative delivery risk of each asset, like wind farms or conventional generation power plants, and balance the collective risk of all assets across the grid. The Lehigh team will develop the framework, called BARS (Banking scoring- And rating-based Risk electric energy management System), by leveraging novel scoring and ratings from banking and financial institutions alongside current optimization methods in dispatching power systems to help system operators and electricity markets manage resources.

Principal Investigator Alberto J. Lamadrid, an associate professor of economics in Lehigh's College of Business, with a joint appointment in the Department of Industrial and Systems and Engineering, and a member of I-CPIE, will collaborate with faculty from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, including Shalinee Kishore, Iacocca Chair Professor and associate director of I-CPIE, and Parv Venkitasubramaniam, associate professor and I-CPIE member. Kishore, Lamadrid, and Venkitasubramaniam are involved in Lehigh's Integrated Networks for Electricity research cluster, which focuses on providing electricity more efficiently, cleanly, and securely.

The team also includes faculty and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), Argonne National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Industry advisors will provide the team with guidance and technical expertise and include representatives from PJM Interconnection, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), Consolidated Edison (ConEdison) and OSIsoft LLC.

Read the full story on the I-CPIE website. 

Alberto J. Lamadrid L. (left), Shalinee Kishore (center), Parv Venkitasubramaniam (right)

Alberto J. Lamadrid L. (left), Shalinee Kishore (center), Parv Venkitasubramaniam (right)

The team will use a scoring methodology that chooses a quantitative risk measure that best aligns with the decision maker of interest, considers effects that low probability events have when appropriately measuring the risk of an energy deficit, and includes risk measures as part of electricity delivery.