Robust transmission network expansion planning under correlated uncertainty Articles uri icon

publication date

  • May 2019

start page

  • 2071

end page

  • 2082


  • 3


  • 34

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-8950

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-0679


  • This paper addresses the transmission network expansion planning problem under uncertain demand and generation capacity. A two-stage adaptive robust optimization framework is adopted whereby the worst-case operating cost is accounted for under a given user-defined uncertainty set. This paper differs from previously reported robust solutions in two respects. First, the typically disregarded correlation of uncertainty sources is explicitly considered through an ellipsoidal uncertainty set relying on their variance-covariance matrix. In addition, we describe the analogy between the corresponding second-stage problem and a certain class of mathematical programs arising in structural reliability. This analogy gives rise to a relevant probabilistic interpretation of the second stage, thereby revealing an undisclosed feature of the worst-case setting characterizing robust optimization with ellipsoidal uncertainty sets. More importantly, a novel nested decomposition approach based on results fromstructural reliability is devised to solve the proposed robust counterpart, which is cast as an instance of mixed-integer trilevel programming. Numerical results from several case studies demonstrate that the effect of correlated uncertainty can be captured by the proposed robust approach.


  • Electronics


  • correlated uncertainty; ellipsoidal uncertainty set; nested decomposition; structural reliability; transmission network expansion planning; two-stage robust optimization