Journal of Power and Energy Engineering, 2014, 2, 395-402
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ment in Restructured Electrical Power Network for Competent Operation. Journal of Power and Energy Engineering, 2,
Assessment of Available Transfer Capability
for Congestion Management in Restructured
Electrical Power Network for Competent
U. L. Makwana1, S. K. Joshi2, Mehul D. Solanki3
1Electrical Engineering Department, L.D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
2Electrical Engineering Department, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
3Electrical Engineering Department, S.S. Engineering College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India
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Received January 2014
Congestion is the prime cause of problems, due to open access of power system. The AC Power
Transmission Congestion Distribution factor (PTCDF) is suitable for computing change in any line
quantity for a change in MW bilateral transaction. The proposed PTCDF method is more accurate
as compared to the DC power distribution factor. With PTCDF ATC can be calculated. After calcu-
lating ATC it is possible to know the valid multiple transaction on power system. With the help of
ATC calculations congestion problem can be solved in restructured electrical power network. The
paper presents the method for calculating ATC using PTCDF.
ATC (Available Transfer C ap abil i ty ); Deregulated Market; OASIS; ISO; Open Access; Generating
Companies (GENCOS); Transmission Companies (TRANSCOS); Distribution Companies (DISCOS);
PTCDF (Real Transmission Congestion Distribution Factor); QTCDF (Reactive Transmission
Congestion Distribution Factor)
Many electrical power utilities, worldwide, have been obligatory to change their way of operation and business,
from vertical integrated to unbundled open market structured . The main aim of the restructured is to bring
some form of deregulation or re-regulation in certain part of Electricity business sector in order to allow compe-
tition in wholesale and retail level. In addition, it is expected to provide choice and social advantage to custom-
ers. This can be specially observed in countries like UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, US and some countries of
South America . The reasons for change have been many and have different over regions and countries. For
developing countries, the main issues have been a high demand growth joined with insufficient system man-
agement and irrational tariff policies. This has affected the availability of financial resources to upkeep invest-
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ments in improving generation and transmission capacities. In such circumstances, many utilities were enforced
to reorganize their power sectors under pressure from international funding supports.
The goal of changing the way of operation, i.e. re-regulation, or deregulation, as we say, is to augment com-
petition and bring consumers new choices and economic benefits.
In developed countries, on the other hand, the driving force has provided electricity at lower prices and offer
them a greater choice in purchasing economic energy.
The role of an Independent System Operator (ISO)  in a competitive market environment would be to faci-
litate the complete dispatch of the power that gets contracted among the market players. With the trend of an in-
creasing number of bilateral contracts being signed for electricity market trades, the possibility of insufficient
resources leading to network congestion  may be unavoidable. Whenever the physical or operational con-
straints in a power system become active, the system is said to be in a state of congestion   .
In this scenario, congestion management (with ATC) becomes an important issue [6 ]-. Real-time transmis-
sion congestion can be defined as the operating condition in which there is not enough transmission capability to
implement all the traded transactions all together due to some unexpected contingencies. This highlights the fact
that, in a restructured scenario, contracts between trading entities must be considered as system decision va-
riables (in addition to the usual generation, loads and flows). Congestion can be identified by calculating ATC [ 4]
of all line with considering all transactions. ATC, between a given interfaces in the transmission system, is a
measure of its utilized capacity for further commercial activity over and above surviving transfer obligations.
The ATC can be determined with the static constraint such as line flows, voltage limits and maximum loadibility
limit. ATC calculation must be accurate and fast because it is posted on OASIS website by ISO . For deter-
mination of ATC, network sensitivity based methods utilizing A.C. Distribution factors are being widely used
2. Electricity Market Entities and Model
Many electric utilities, worldwide, have been mandatory to operate in different ways from vertically integrated
functioning to open market systems. In developing countries, the main concern has been high demand growth
associated with insufficient system management, lack of funds for capital investment in generation and trans-
a) Generating Companies (GENCOs): GENCOs generate electricity and have the opportunity to trade the
electricity to entities with which they have talked sales contracts. GENCOs are more often a group of generating
units within a single company ownership structure with the lone objective of producing power. GENCOs may
sell reactive power and operating reserves.
b) Transmission Companies (TRANSCOs): A transmission company (TRANSCO) transport electricity using
a high voltage, bulk transmission system from GENCOs to Distribution Companies (DISCOs)/Retailers for de-
livering power to the customers. A TRANSCO has role of building, owning, maintaining, and operating the
transmission system in a certain geographical region to provide services for maintaining the overall reliability of
the electrical system and provides open access of transmission wires to all market entities in their system. The
investment and operating costs of transmission facilities are recovered using access charges, which are usually
paid by user within the area, and transmission usage charges based online flows contributed by each user.
c) Distribution Companies (DISCOs): A distribution company (DISCO) distributes the electricity, through its
facilities, to customers in a certain geographical region. They buy wholesale electricity either through the spot
markets or through direct contracts with GENCOs and supply electricity to the end-user customers. A DISCO is
a regulated utility that constructs and maintains distribution wires connecting the transmission grid to the end
use customers. A DISCO is responsible for building its electric system to maintain a desired degree of reliability
d) Customers: A customer is the end-user of electricity with certain facilities connected to the distribution
system in the case of small customers, and connected to transmission system in the case of bulk customers. In a
restructured system, customers are no longer obligated to purchase electricity from their local utility company
and several option s to buy electricity. It may choose to buy electricity from spot market by bidding for purchase
or through direct contracts with GENCOs or even from the local distribution company with the best overall val-
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e) Market Operator: A market operator is an entity responsible for operation of electricity market trading. It
receives bids from the market participants and determines the market price based on certain criteria in accor-
dance with the market structure. The markets may have different trading schemes such as hourly trading for the
next day or trading in future weeks, months, or years ahead.
f) System Operator: A competitive market would require an independent operation and control of the grid,
which is assured establishing an Independent System Operator (ISO). The ISO is an entity, which is delegated
with the responsibility of ensuring the security, reliability, and efficient operation of an open access transmission
system . It controls transmission tariff, maintains the system security, coordinate maintenance scheduling, and
has a role in coordinating long term planning. It is an independent authority and does not join in the electricity
market trades. The ISO has the authority to commit and re-dispatch the system resources and to curtail loads for
maintaining the system security i.e. to remove the transmission violation, balance supply and demand, and
maintain the acceptable system frequency. This responsibility of ISO is to form the basis for the functionality of
the Transmission Dispatch and Congestion Management System (TDCMS). So can procure various ancillary
services such as supply of reactive power or emergency reserves from other entities in the system to preserve re-
liability. In general, there are two possible structure of SO (System Operator) and the choice of the structure de-
pends on the ISOs objective and authority. These structures are:
1) Min SO
2) Max SO
Min SO is mainly concerned with maintaining transmission security in the operation of the power market to
the extent that SO is able to schedule power transfers in a constrained transmission system. This structure is
based on harmonized multilateral trades and has no role in the market administration. California Independent
System Operator (ISO) is an example of this structure.
Max SO includes a power exchange which is an independent non-government and non-profit entity that en-
sures a competitive market place for electricity trades. It performs the function like deciding and posting of
Market Clearing Price (MCP).
g) Aggregators: An aggregator is an entity or a firm that combines customer into a buying group. The group
buys large blocks of power and other services at cheaper prices. The aggregator may act as an agent between
customers and retailers.
h) Brokers: A broker of electric energy services is an entity that acts like a middleman in a market place in
which these services are priced, purchased and traded. A broker does not take a label on available transaction,
generate, purchase or sell electric energy, but assist transactions between buyer and seller. A broker may act as
an agent between GENCOs and DISCOs.
i) Retail companies (RETAILCOs): A RETAILCO obtains legal approval to sell retail electricity. A retailer
purchases electric energy and other necessary services in various packages for trade. A retailer may deal indi-
rectly with end-use customers through aggregators.
3. Brief Concepts of Regulation and Deregulation
Regulation means that the Government has set down laws and rules that put limits on and define how a particu-
lar industry or company can operate. Nearly all industries in all nations are regulated to some extent. Very com-
petitive businesses such as auto manufacturing, airlines and banking are all heavily regulated with myriad gov-
ernment requirements defining what they must, can, and cannot do, and what and to whom and when they must
report their activities. Regulation of electric utilities is not the only way government can control the electric
power industry within its jurisdiction. The other way is to own and operate the power company directly, as a
Deregulation in power industry is a restructuring of the rules and economic incentives that government set up
to control and drives the electric power industry. As the terms suggest, they represent fundamentally opposite
ideas. But neither concept is necessarily good or bad. Both regulation and deregulation make sense, and one or
other is preferable under certain conditions.
3.1. Structure of Regulated Industry
The electric power industry has over the years been controlled by large utilities that had an overall authority
over all activities in generation, transmission and distribution of power within its domain of operation. Such util-
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ities have often been referred to as vertically integrated utilities. Such utilities obliged as the only electricity
provider in the region and were pleased to provide electricity to everyone in the region. The money flow is un-
idirectional, i.e. from the consumer to the electric company. Similarly, the information flow exists only between
the generators and the transmission systems. The utilities being vertically integrated, it was often difficult to se-
gregate the costs involved in generation, transmission or distribution. So, the utilities often charged their cus-
tomers an average tariff rate depending on their aggregated cost during a period.
3.2. Structure of De-Regulated Industry
The configuration shown in the F igure 1 is not a common one. There exist variations across countries and sys-
A system operator is appointed for the whole system and it is entrusted with the responsibility of keeping the
system in balance, i.e. to ensure that the production and imports continuously match consumption and exports.
Naturally, it was required to be an independent authority without involvement in the market competition nor
could it own generation facilities for business. This system operator is known as Independent System Operator
(ISO). Different power sellers will deliver their product to their customers (via retailers), over a common set of
T and D wires, operated by the independent system operator (ISO). The generators, Transmission and Distribu-
tion utility and retailers communicate ISO. Mostly, customer communicates with the retailer, demanding energy.
The retailer contacts the generating company and purchases the power from it and makes it transferred to its
customers place via regulated T & D lines. The ISO is the one responsible for keeping path of various transac-
tions taking place between various entities.
4. Congestion Management
Whenever the physical or operational constraints in a power system become active, the system is said to be in a
state of congestion.
4.1. Congestion Management
Congestion management  is one of the most challenging aspects in a multi-buyer/multi-seller system. In the
vertically integrated utility structure, all entities such as generation, transmission and distribution are within the
domain of a central energy management system. Generation is dispatched in order to achieve the system least
cost operation. In such systems, congestion management is usually taken care of by determining the optimal
dispatch solution using a model similar to the optimal power flow or the security constrained economic dispatch
problem. This effectively means that a generation pattern is determined such that the power flow limits on the
transmission lines are not exceeded.
Figure 1. Structure of De-regulated industry.
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4.2. Methods for Congestion Management
Price Area Congestion Management
Optimal Power Flow (OPF) based Congestion Management
Available Transfer Capability (ATC) based Congestion Management
4.3. Available Transfer Capability (ATC)
It is a measure of the transfer capability remaining in the physical transmission network for further commercial
activity over and above already dedicated uses.
Mathematically ATC is defined as the Total Transfer Capability (TTC) less the Transmission Reliability
Margin (TRM), less the sum of existing transmission commitments (which includes retail customer service) and
the Capacity Benefit Margin (CBM) [4 ].
ATC = TTC − TRM − Existing Transmission Commitments (Including CBM).
5. Mathematical Formulation of ATC
Congestion do occur in both vertically bundled and unbundled systems but the management in the bundled sys-
tem is relatively simple as generation, transmission and, in some cases, distribution systems are managed by one
utility. The management of congestion is somewhat more intricate in competitive power markets and leads to
some quarrels. To manage the congestion in real time operation, normally following methods are adopted:
1) Use of existing resources for congestion management such as rescheduling of generation based on mini-
mum bids, operation of on load tap changers, phase and regulators, and various FACTS controller etc.
2) Give the timely data regarding the possibility of having a particularly line congested and economic incen-
tives to system users to adjust their requests and remain within the system constraints.
3) Curtailment of the transactions as a last option.
When it is impossible to wait for the system users to respond to economic measures, the second option is de-
veloped for giving sufficient information regarding the congestion probability to the system users so that they
can adjust their requests for system services and avoid congestion. Various congestion management schemes for
different restructuring paradigms have been stated in different literatures.
Various optimization-based methods for load curtailment and rescheduling of generation have been described
for congestion management. The congestion cost calculation and allocation of the congestion based approaches
for congestion management .
During the real time dispatch, the knowledge of the group of system users, which have similar effect on the
transmission constraints, is of interest. Congestion management using Available Transfer capability (ATC) has
been reported in this dissertation .
By calculating ATC for all lines of given a network and posted this value on website known as OASIS (Open
Access Same Time Information). The customer who wants to do transaction can observe the value of ATC from
the web site for a given hour. So the customer can see whether the transaction is possible or not. If the transac-
tion is greater than the value of ATC the transaction is not allowed or limited to ATC.
Methods for ATC Calculation
Network Sensitivity Factor based Approach: Real time congestion management requires very fast relief of con-
gestion otherwise it threatens system security and stability both. So it very important for Independent system
operator (ISO)  to identify the most sensitive zones as quickly as possible. This network sensitivity method
helps system operator (ISO) to provide accurate and fast information about the contribution of each generators
and load to congestion line. The two different methods to find network sensitivity factor is as shown below:
1) DC Load Flow Based Approach (DC Method)
2) AC Load Flow Based Approach (AC Method)
The transfer margin computation can be implemented with a range of power system models and computation
techniques. Here, following three ATC calculation methods are presented.
1) ATC calculation using Power Transfer Distribution Factor (PTCDF)
2) ATC calculation using Optimal Power Flow (OPF)
3) ATC calculation using Continuation method
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PTCDF and LODF (Line Outage Distribution Factor) method is extensively used in ATC calculation. Here,
this method is explained thoroughly. Other two methods are not considered as they are rarely used for calcula-
tion of ATC - . The most sensitive zones have been identified as the union of real and reactive line
flow sensitivity indices . The TCDFs have been derived utilizing the sensitivity properties of the New-
ton-Raphson load flow (NRLF) Jacobian as given below.
PTCDFamb m= +
QTCDFc ndn= +
ijijij ijijjii ijij
are Jacobean elements with decouple principle.
The new line flows is given by following equations
P PP∆= +
If proposed transaction ΔPkn is less then ATCn then transaction is allowed, if not then transaction must be re-
jected or limited to ATC. Thus ATC can be used as a rough indicator of relative system security . ATC in-
formation can help ISO to determine the validity of bidding results in an open access deregulated  Electric
market when timely ATC information is very important. It can also help the power market participants to place
bid strategically when congestion happens. So when the ISO  posts the ATC value for particular transaction.
1) It means that the entire network is capable of carrying the posted ATC MW for a particular transaction; 2)
It does not mean that the ATC is capacity of the interface connecting node i - j.
6. Algorithm for Pr ogram
A. Input data file & run base-case load flow.
B. Read line flows.
C. Input number of transaction, source bus & destination bus.
D. Find out jacobian j11, j22, take inverse of j11, j22 as M, N.
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E. Find PTCDF & QTCDF
F. Find out Maximum Allowable transaction for all possible Transaction & for all line
ijmax ij ijij
G. Find ATC (Available transfer capacity) minimum of all possible maximum Allowable transaction.
H. Calculate PTCDF with transaction (n).
I. Find out Maximum Allowable transaction for all possible transaction.
J. Check for convergence (Is transaction is over?)
K. If “no ” go to step (5)
L. If “yes” calculate final ATC & Print results.
The system comprises of six buses . Out of which four buses are with generator and other are load buses this
is one of the smallest systems used for power system studies. We have tested the analysis software for this sys-
tem with basic parameters as per the standards.
Input data files:
1. Basic line data file: nrlined ata.txt
From To R X Bc Max. Capacity
1 2 0.04 0.08 0.2 100
1 5 0.04 0.08 0.2 100
2 4 0.04 0.08 0.2 100
3 5 0.04 0.08 0.2 100
3 6 0.04 0.08 0.2 100
4 5 0.04 0.08 0.2 50
4 6 0.04 0.08 0.2 100
2. Basic bus data file: nrb us data. txt
Bus no Bus Type V Angle Pd Qd Pg Qg Qin Qmax Qin
1 1 1.1 0 70 10 18 0 0 0 0
2 2 0.9 0 45 10 100 0 0 0 0
3 2 1 0 50 10 86 0 0 0 0
4 2 1 0 30 10 130 0 0 0 0
5 0 1 0 35 10 0 0 0 0 0
6 0 1 0 100 10 0 0 0 0 0
3. Bus voltage file: busvoltage.txt
Bus no Volt
Note: 1 = Slack bus; 2 = Generator bus (PV); 0 = Load bus (PQ).
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4. Out-put results:
Li n es ATC (Mw)
1 - 2 119.155
1 - 5 216.650
2 - 4 174.182
3 - 5 745.279
3 - 6 1019.906
4 - 5 31.133
4 - 6 230.301
From the above table, it can be depicted that the ATC of the given 6 bus system is calculated as 31.133 MW.
ATC is nothing but the measure of the capacity of entire network to carry out this much Power to be transacted
It concludes that the development of the AC Power Transmission Congestion Distribution factor (PTCDF) suit-
able for computing change in any line quantity for a change in MW bilateral transaction. The proposed PTCDF
is more accurate as compared to the DC power distribution factor. With PTCDF ATC can be calculated. For
multiple transactions ATC calculation is very important and mandatory too. ATC calculations can be used to
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