We study the system-level effects of the introduction of large populations of Electric Vehicles on the power and transportation networks. We assume that each EV owner solves a decision problem to pick a cost-minimizing charge and travel plan. This individual decision takes into account traffic congestion in the transportation network, affecting travel times, as well as congestion in the power grid, resulting in spatial variations in electricity prices for battery charging. We show that this decision problem is equivalent to finding the shortest path on an "extended" transportation graph, with virtual arcs that represent charging options. Using this extended graph, we study the collective effects of a large number of EV owners individually solving this path planning problem. We propose a scheme in which independent power and transportation system operators can collaborate to manage each network towards a socially optimum operating point while keeping the operational data of each system private. We further study the optimal reserve capacity requirements for pricing in the absence of such collaboration. We showcase numerically that a lack of attention to interdependencies between the two infrastructures can have adverse operational effects.

%B IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems %P 1 - 1 %8 07/2016 %! IEEE Trans. Control Netw. Syst. %R 10.1109/TCNS.2016.2590259 %0 Conference Paper %B 2015 49th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers %D 2015 %T The perils of dynamic electricity pricing tariffs in the presence of retail market imperfections %A Mahnoosh Alizadeh %A Andrea Goldsmith %A Anna Scaglione %K RM11-007 %XIn this paper, we show that the profit maximizing nature of electricity retailers, combined with boundedly rational customer behavior, might induce physical operational problems for the power grid under dynamic retail pricing. This is because, under certain conditions, retailers will be incentivized to design prices that shift load away from supply, further increasing the demand supply gap. We propose an alternative pricing method, referred to as differentiated pricing, which does not suffer from this issue. Our analysis is based on a simple demand model in order to gain useful insights on the repercussions of ignoring retail market imperfections.

%B 2015 49th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers %I IEEE %C Pacific Grove, CA, USA %P 683 - 688 %8 11/2015 %R 10.1109/ACSSC.2015.7421219 %0 Conference Paper %B 2014 IEEE 53rd Annual Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) %D 2014 %T Capturing aggregate flexibility in Demand Response %A Mahnoosh Alizadeh %A Anna Scaglione %A Andrea Goldsmith %A George Kesidis %K CERTS %K demand response %K flexible loads %K RM11-007 %XFlexibility in electric power consumption can be leveraged by Demand Response (DR) programs. The goal of this paper is to systematically capture the inherent aggregate flexibility of a population of heterogenous small appliances in a reduced-order fashion. We do so by clustering individual loads based on their characteristics and service constraints. We highlight the challenges associated with learning the customer response to economic incentives while applying demand side management to heterogeneous appliances. We also develop a framework to quantify customer privacy in cluster-based direct load scheduling programs.

%B 2014 IEEE 53rd Annual Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) %I IEEE %C Los Angeles, CA, USA %P 6439 - 6445 %8 12/2014 %@ 978-1-4799-7746-8 %R 10.1109/CDC.2014.7040399 %0 Conference Paper %B 2014 52nd Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing (Allerton) %D 2014 %T Optimized path planning for electric vehicle routing and charging %A Mahnoosh Alizadeh %A Hoi-To Wai %A Anna Scaglione %A Andrea Goldsmith %A Fan, Yue Yue %A Tara Javidi %K CERTS %K PEVs %K RM11-007 %XWe consider the decision problem of an individual EV owner who needs to pick a travel path including its charging locations and associated charge amount under time-varying traffic conditions as well as dynamic location-based electricity pricing. We show that the problem is equivalent to finding the shortest path on an extended transportation graph. In particular, we extend the original transportation graph through the use of virtual links with negative energy requirements to represent charging options available to the user. Using these extended transportation graphs, we then study the collective effects of a large number of EV owners solving the same type of path planning problem under the following control strategies: 1) a social planner decides the optimal route and charge strategy of all EVs; 2) users reach an equilibrium under locationally-variant electricity prices that are constant over time; 3) the transportation and power systems are separately controlled through marginal pricing strategies, not taking into account their mutual effect on one another. We numerically show that this disjoint type of control can lead to instabilities in the grid as well as inefficient system operation.

%B 2014 52nd Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing (Allerton) %I IEEE %C Monticello, IL, USA %P 25 - 32 %8 10/2014 %R 10.1109/ALLERTON.2014.7028431