Grid Optimization Competition

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is challenging the research and industrial communities to successfully develop and test power system optimization and control algorithms to accelerate the development and comprehensive evaluation of new solution methods for grid optimization. The goal of the forthcoming Grid Optimization Competition (GO Competition)* is to accelerate the development of transformational and disruptive methods for solving power system optimization problems, including Security Constrained AC Optimal Power Flow (SCOPF). Algorithms that perform well in the competition will enable increased grid flexibility, reliability and safety, while also significantly increasing economic and energy security, energy efficiency and substantially reducing the costs of integrating variable renewable generation technologies into the electric power system in the United States.

This competition will provide: fair and transparent comparisons of industrially-relevant algorithm performance on high-fidelity, open-access, large-scale power system models; and a platform for the identification of transformational and disruptive methods for solving power system optimization problems.

* Subject to appropriation of funding

Latest News from ARPA-E

June 28, 2018

Slides are now available for download from the Grid Optimization Competition Workshop held at FERC in Washington, D.C.  A video link will be available shortly.

June 13, 2018

Daniel S. Kheloussi, Energy Industry Analyst, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) sent an e-mail to people registered for FERC's Ninth Annual Software Conference - June 26-28, 2018 informing them of the ARPA-E GRID OPTIMIZATION COMPETITION WORKSHOP 1:15PM to 3:30PM on June 28, 2018. View the announcement from FERC, and download the workshop details included as attachments (PDF, MSWord).

April 25, 2018

Dr. Kory Hedman, ARPA-E Program Director, provided information about this competition in an e-mail to the Power Globe community on April 25, 2018. View the e-mail.

February, 2017

The GO Competition was formally announced at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in February, 2017

November, 2016

ARPA-E held a webinar in November 2016 to directly involve the community, via a Request for Information (RFI), on the design of this competition. View a recording of the webinar.


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