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An Optimal Resource Assignment Problem in Smart Grid

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The paper describes a resource allocation problem in a smartgrid application formulated and solved as a binary integer programming model. For handling power outages from the main distribution circuit, the intelligent agents in the smart grid have to utilize and negotiate with DER (Distributed Energy Resource) agents that act on behalf of the local generators in the grid, to negotiate power supply purchases to satisfy shortages. The authors develop a model that can assign these DERs optimally to available multiple Regional Utility Areas or units (RUAs) that are experiencing power shortages. This is a resource assignment problem.

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