Examining Power Grid's Capacity to Meet Transportation Electrification Demand


Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are the most promising approach to reducing petroleum use. The penetration of PHEVs is not yet significant; however, they raised a question of whether the existing power system can handle the extra load. Uncertainty arising from various factors such as charging-start time, vehicle type, miles driven, and the existing power grid load profile have motivated researchers to evaluate the impact of PHEVs using probabilistic approaches. The present study develops a model for examining the existing power system capacity to meet the PHEV load demand. The analysis considers PHEV charging as a stochastic event, and it is carried out in a discrete event simulation environment. As case studies, the model is applied to two different regions in the United States.

Meeting Name

IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (2012: Jul. 22-26, San Diego, CA)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Event; Load Profiles; Maximum Generation; Outlet; Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle; Discrete Event Simulation; Electric Utilities; Electric Power Distribution; Charging Demand; Load Profile; Transportation Electrification; Vehicles; Load Modeling; Power Grids; Stochastic Processes; Probabilistic Logic; Transportation; Battery Powered Vehicles; Hybrid Electric Vehicles; Probability

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

978-1467327275; 978-1467327299

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1944-9925; 1932-5517

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Jul 2012