Electric demand response and bounded rationality: mean-field control for large populations of heterogeneous bounded-rational agents

Andrea Marín Radoszynski, Pierre Pinson

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Abstract

The increased penetration of renewable energy sources into existing power systems induces challenges in supply-demand balancing. Demand-side flexibility is seen as an option to accommodate variability and limited predictability from renewable energy generation. Heat pumps at residential level, if well coordinated, can be one of those flexibility sources. The complexity involved is high though, since their coordinated operation combines control, population effects and the fact agents may actually not behave as rational decision-makers. We describe here a coordinated control framework that accounts for those aspects altogether. Decentralized model predictive control for large populations of heterogeneous agents is employed. As the cost to be minimized is affected by the population behaviour as a whole through the electricity price, the decentralized control is re-thought as a mean-field game. Existence and uniqueness of a Nash equilibrium are discussed while the Picard-Banach algorithm is used as a solution approach. It is extended to the case of bounded-rational agents. The impact on system dynamics of modelling agents as bounded rational is illustrated through numerical simulations. This article is part of the theme issue 'The mathematics of energy systems'.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20190429
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Volume379
Issue number2202
ISSN1364-503X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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