Date of Award

Spring 4-6-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

First Advisor

Gao, Zhiqiang

Second Advisor

Ye, Hongxing

Third Advisor

Stankovic, Ana

Subject Headings

Electrical Engineering


In a deregulated electricity market, Independent System Operators (ISOs) are responsible for dispatching power to the load securely, efficiently, and economically. ISO performs Security Constrained Unit Commitment (SCUC) to guarantee sufficient generation commitment, maximized social welfare and facilitating market-driven economics. A large number of security constraints would render the model impossible to solve under time requirements. Developing a method to identify the minimum set of security constraints without overcommitting is necessary to reduce Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) solution time. To overcome this challenge, we developed a powerful tool called security constraint screening. The proposed approach effectively filters out non-dominating constraints by integrating virtual transactions and capturing changes online in real-time or look-ahead markets. The security-constraint screening takes advantage of both deterministic and statistical methods, which leverages mathematical modeling and historical data. Effectiveness is verified using Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) data. The research also presented a data-driven approach to forecast congestion patterns in real-time utilizing machine learning applications. Studies have been conducted using real-world data. The potential benefit is to provide the day-ahead operators with a tool for supporting decision-making regarding modeling constraints.