A general methodology for utility microgrid planning: a Cairns case study

Beere, Nicholas, McPhail, Donald and Sharma, Rahul (2015). A general methodology for utility microgrid planning: a Cairns case study. In: Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC). IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC), Brisbane, Australia, (). 15-18 November 2015. doi:10.1109/APPEEC.2015.7380871


Author Beere, Nicholas
McPhail, Donald
Sharma, Rahul
Title of paper A general methodology for utility microgrid planning: a Cairns case study
Conference name IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC)
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 15-18 November 2015
Convener IEEE
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC)
Journal name Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, APPEEC
Series Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, APPEEC
Place of Publication Piscataway, NJ, United States
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1109/APPEEC.2015.7380871
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9781467381321
ISSN 2157-4847
Volume 2016-January
Total pages 5
Collection year 2016
Abstract/Summary The unprecedented rise of distributed generation in Australia provides utilities with a unique opportunity to more effectively manage portions of the network as microgrids. The implementation of a utility owned and operated microgrid may offer many benefits such as the deferral of capital investments, improvement in reliability, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and reduction in network losses. However, network planners often cite problems relating to the legal and regulatory issues and protection requirements of microgrids as well as a lack of methodology for transforming an existing network. This paper firstly proposes a general methodology for microgrid planning in consideration of the technical issues of such a design. It then applies this methodology to a case study in Cairns, Far North Queensland. A cost benefit analysis has additionally been undertaken to examine the feasibility of utility microgrids.
Keyword Distributed generation
Microgrid
Optimisation
Reliability
Temporary generation
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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