ADMM-based Market Clearing and Optimal Flexibility Bidding of Distribution-level Flexibility Market for Day-Ahead Congestion Management of Distribution Networks

Feifan Shen, Qiuwei Wu, Xiaolong Jin, Bin Zhou, Canbing Li , Yan Xu

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Nowadays, the massive deployment of distributed energy resources in distribution networks poses more operational challenges such as network congestion to distribution system operators. To cope with these challenges in an economically efficient way, the distribution system operator can utilize demand-side flexibility traded in the local flexibility market to manage the distribution network. In the existing distribution-level flexibility market frameworks, the market operator is assumed to have access to network parameters in order to ensure the market clearing solution being technically feasible from the operational point of view. To protect the privacy of network parameters, this paper proposes an alternating direction method of multipliers -based market clearing strategy, in which the market operator communicates with the distribution system operator to clear the market such that the market clearing solution respects network operation constraints without revealing network parameters to the market operator. In addition, in the existing flexibility bid formulations, the energy payback condition is determined without considering operation constraints of flexibility resources and the flexibility cost has not been considered. To fill this gap, this paper formulates an optimal flexibility bidding model for aggregators, which carefully models the energy payback condition and enables the aggregator to receive the maximum revenue with flexibility costs considered. The case studies were conducted on the Roy Billinton Test System with electrical vehicles and heat pumps as flexibility resources. The results demonstrate that the proposed distribution-level flexibility market framework is effective to perform day-ahead congestion management of distribution networks and is profitable to aggregators and end-users
Original languageEnglish
JournalI E E E Transactions on Industrial Informatics
Number of pages22
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM)
  • Congestion management
  • Distribution network
  • Flexibility service bid
  • Local flexibility market

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