Integrated Retail and Wholesale Power System Operation with Smart-Grid Functionality

The primary goal of this project is to develop an agent-based testbed for the integrated study of retail and wholesale electricity markets operating over transmission and distribution networks with smart-grid functionality. This testbed will seam together two existing testbeds, the AMES Wholesale Power Market Testbed developed by a group of researchers at Iowa State University and Gridlab-D electric energy distribution platform developed by the U.S. Department of Energy at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). This seamed testbed will be used to conduct systematic experimental studies focusing on three key issues: dynamic-price contracting for retail customers; the embedding of distributed energy resources (e.g., PV); and the effects of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV).

Funding Agencies

  • Electric Power Research Center (EPRC)
  • China Scholarship Council (CSC)

Project start/end dates

  • DOE/PNNL: Aug 2009-July 2012
  • EPRC: Aug 2010-July 2013

Project Participants

  • Leigh Tesfatsion
  • Dionysios Aliprantis
  • David Chassin
  • Huan Zhao
  • Chengrui Cai
  • Pedram Jahangiri
  • Auswin George Thomas

Project Web site


  • D. Aliprantis, L.Tesfatsion, H. Zhao, “Integrated Retail and Wholesale Power System Operation with Smart-Grid Functionality.” Proceedings IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, Mpls., MN, July 2010
  • D. Aliprantis, L. Tesfatsion, H. Zhao, “An Agent-Based Test Bed for the Integrated Study of Retail and Wholesale Power System Operations,” Proceedings, Ninth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Toronto, Canada, May 2010