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Session MB61, October 17, 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, Room Marriott 8 (second floor), Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, 350 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis, IN

Session Chair Richard Paul O'Neill, ARPA-E, Silver Spring, MD

1. Open-source Tools For Solving Grid Optimization ProblemsCarleton Coffrin, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (slides)

2. Convex Relaxations And Integer Rounding Heuristics For The Grid Optimization CompetitionHassan Lionel Hijazi, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (slides)

3. Solving security-constrained ACOPF problems ; Daniel Bienstock, Columbia University, New York, NY, and Gurobi; Richard Waltz, Artelys, Los Angeles, CA (slides)

4. GO-SNIP Decomposition and Contingency Selection Strategies for GO Competition Challenge 2; Frank E. Curtis, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; Ermin Wei, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Session SE61, October 16, 2022, 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM, Room Marriott 8 (second floor), Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, 350 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis, IN

Session Chair Richard Paul O'Neill, ARPA-E, Silver Spring, MD

1. Grid Optimization Go Competition: Goals And FormulationJesse Holzer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (slides)

2. Go Competition Challenge 2: Analysis And Lessons LearnedBrent Eldridge, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Baltimore, MD (slides)

3. Grid Optimization (GO) Competition Challenge 2 Case StudiesFarnaz Safdarian, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (slides)

4. Make It Real. Exploring The Gaps Between Power System Optimization Problems And RealityScott Greene, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI

August 23, 2022

The S0 Sandbox dataset (50.3 MB) was released for download. It contains of 5 networks consisting of  3-, 14-, 37-, 73- and 6049-buses. There are 27 datasets, 9 for each division. Each dataset consists of a JSON file and a TXT file. The JSON file contains the data and the TXT file contains summary information about the dataset.

June 23, 2022

The following GO Competition related talks were presented at the 2022 FERC Software Conference:

  • GO Competition Challenge 2: Analysis and Lessons Learned, presented by Brent Eldridge; Presentation
  • GO Competition Challenge 3: Goals and Formulation, presented by Jesse Holzer; Presentation
  • Solving GO competition ACOPF problems, presented by Daniel Bienstock; Presentation
     

February 16, 2022

The Grid Optimization Competition Challenge 3 Problem Formulation has been released. ARPA-E has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0002690), Support Grants For Participation in ARPA-E Grid Optimization (GO) Competition Challenge 3. The Full Application Submission Deadline is 4/5/2022 9:30 AM ET. 

Challenge 3 is anticipated to launch in the Spring of 2022. Participation in the GO Competition Challenge 3 will be open to anyone that satisfies the applicable requirements in the Rules Document, not just those awarded under ARPA-E DE-FOA-0002690.

February 9, 2022

Richard (Dick) O'Neill, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Distinguished Senior Fellow and GO Competition Program Director, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for "leadership and contributions to the liberalization and design of efficient natural gas and electric power markets."

January 3, 2022

Submissions for the Challenge 2 Monarch of the Mountain (Ch2-MoM) opened January 3, 2022, for registered teams and will remain open until October 31, 2022. See Solution Uploading for details. The Ch2-MoM Leaderboard will be updated every Wednesday.

November 29, 2021

The Grid Optimization (GO) Competition Post Challenge 2 Event named Challenge 2: Monarch of the Mountain or Ch2-MoM, will focus on finding improved solutions to the security-constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) problem introduced in the Challenge 2 Event.

October 4, 2021

The Challenge 2 winner announcement is on the ARPA-E Blog:  https://arpa-e.energy.gov/news-and-media/blog-posts/announcing-grid-optimization-go-competition-challenge-2-winners. The agenda and slides for the Outreach Event are available at https://arpa-e.energy.gov/go-competition-challenge-2-outreach-event. $2.4 million in prizes awarded.

Tweets: ARPA-E tweet and PNNL tweet.

The Leaderboard has additional information.

August 13, 2021

16 teams made submissions to the Challenge 2 Final Event. All will be evaluated against 120 scenarios in each of 4 divisions.

August 1, 2021

Challenge 2 Trial Event 3 Leaderboard results have been posted.

July 16, 2021

Challenge 2 Trial 3 Event synthetic datasets published.

June 22, 2021

The 2021 FERC Technical Conference on Increasing Market and Planning Efficiency through Improved Software took place virtually June 22-24, 2021. Talks of interest included

  • HIPPO Concurrent Optimizer – Enhanced Simultaneous Feasibility Test (SFT) and Migration to Private Cloud, presented by Jesse Holzer; Presentation
  • Pricing in Dynamic ISO Markets with Unit Commitment, presented by Richard O'Neill; Presentation
  • Efficient Prices under Uncertainty and Non-Convexity, presented by Brent Eldridge; Presentation

May 21, 2021

Challenge 2 Trial Event 2 Leaderboard results have been posted and the synthetic datasets published.

January 8, 2021

Challenge 2 Trial 1 Event Leaderboard results have been posted and the synthetic datasets published.

The set consits of 11 synthetic networks composed of 63 scenarios. The 4 industry datasets, composed of 20 scenarios, will not be made publicly available.

December 5, 2020

Submissions to the GO Competition Challenge 2 Trial 1 Event closed a 00:00 PST on December 5, 2020 with 12 teams making submissions.

The Event consists of 15 networks and 83 scenarios.

There are no prizes associated with Trial 1.

November 2, 2020

The Timeline document was updated. Teams wishing to participate in Challenge 2 Trial 1 must have their Registration Documents approved by ARPA-E by December 1, 2020.

September 12, 2020

Genatowski announces kickoff in YouTube video.

August 17, 2020

Twelve network models comprising 34 scenario datasets are now available for testing in the Challenge 2 Sandbox that is open to Challenge 2 registered Teams. 

Challenge 1 teams must reregister for Challenge 2.

July 21, 2020

ARPA-E calls attention to new Challenge 2 information via Twitter and other social media.

June 25, 2020

Stehen Elbert and Hans Mittelmann presented a talk entitled Analysis of GO Competition Challenge 1 Final Event Problem Difficulty at the 2020 FERC Technical Conference regarding Increasing Market and Planning Efficiency and Enhancing Resilience through Improved Software.

24 March 2020

There will be no MATLAB support for Challenge 2 submissions.

February 18, 2020

A meeting was held at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Warehouse District Hotel to introduce the winners of the GO Competition Challenge 1. The agenda included talks by Lane Genatowski, Director of ARPA-E, Key Industry Speakers, and a Panel discussion with selected entrant teams: LLNL, Lehigh, Georgia Tech and CU-Boulder. 

February 12, 2020

U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette announced that the first round of winners has been named in the Department of Energy’s Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. The GO Competition, managed by DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA‑E) is a series of challenges to develop software management solutions for challenging power grid problems. The competition’s intent is to create a more reliable, resilient and secure American electricity grid. The winners will share a total of $3.4 million, which is to be used to further develop their respective approaches and pursue industry adoption of their technologies. 

November 25, 2019

Richard O'Neill took over as the ARPA-E Program Director of the Grid Optimization (GO) Competition today. He served as the Chief Economic Advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) before coming to ARPA-E.

October 31, 2019

Submissions to the GO Competition Challenge 1 Final Event closed a 00:00 PDT on October 31, 2019 with 25 teams making submissions.

September 16, 2019

The GO Competition Challenge 1 timeline has been updated for Trial Event 3 and the Final Event.  You can view the changes on the Timeline webpage.

August 21, 2019

The GO Competition Platform will lock-down its software environment on September 2, 2019 and will remain locked for the duration of the Challenge 1 competition. Competition teams should submit any requests for changes before that date to the GO Competition Administrator.

August 21, 2019

The GO Competition will now host a third trial event designed to give teams more opportunities to work with large datasets similar to those from Trial Event 2. Trial Event 3 will test a smaller number of scenarios than Trial Event 2 and is optional, but all teams are encouraged to participate.

July 7, 2019

A basic code2 solver has been provided as reference for Challenge 1.  Please visit the GitHub repository for more information and video links.

June 27, 2019

GO Competition related talks at the 2019 FERC Technical Conference regarding Increasing Real-Time and Day-Ahead Market Efficiency and Planning Efficiency and Enhancing Resilience through Improved Software held at the FERC Building in Washington, DC.

  • Fast Evaluation of Security Constraints in a Security Constrained Unit Commitment Algorithm, presented by Jesse Holzer; Presentation
  • HIPPO: A Concurrent Optimizer for Solving Day-ahead Security Constrained Unit Commitment Problem, presented by Feng Pan; Presentation
  • The ARPA-E Grid Optimization (GO) Competition: Challenge 1 and Beyond, presented by Kory Hedman; Presentation
  • Performance-based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, and Risk Management: PERFORM, presented by Kory Hedman; Presentation

June 17, 2019

The competition timeline has been modified and updated for Challenge 1 Trial Event 2.  You can view the changes on the Timeline webpage.

June 10, 2019

In order to maximize the development time for the competitors, with open access to the sandbox for testing, we will shorten the submission window from fourteen days to three days and slightly reschedule the Trial 2 Event to the end of the work week. The new Trial 2 submission window will be from July 17th – July 19th.

June 6, 2019

Interim results for Division 2 of Trial Event 1 are available for viewing.

May 21, 2019

Interim results for Division 1 and Division 3 of Trial Event 1 are available for viewing and the associated dataset can be downloaded.

April 9, 2019

A minor clarification in the Challenge 1 Problem Formulation document was made.  Read the updates and download the new formulation document.

April 1, 2019

Challenge 1 - Trial Event 1 is open from April 1 00:00 PDT until April 15 23:59 PDT; no prizes are associated with this event.  Both the Sandbox and other Challenge 1 datasets will remain open and available during this time.

Each team is allowed only one submission for this event. Teams can submit to Trial Event 1 by submitting a Challenge 1 submission and selecting the Trial Event 1 dataset.  Good luck!

March 1, 2019

A webinar with the topic "File Formatting and Solution Evaluation " was held at 1:00 pm ET. The webinar recording is available on YouTube.  The slides, questions, and answers will be available soon.

March 1, 2019

Missed any of the ARPA-E GO Competition webinars?

You can view the webinar recording on YouTube and download the webinar slides:

Webinar #1 (recording, slides)
Webinar #2 (recording, slides)
Webinar #3 (recording, slides)

February 21, 2019

A webinar with the topic "Platform Interaction and Entry Submission" was held at 12:00 ET. The webinar recording is available on YouTube.  The webinar slides are available for download.

February 4, 2019

A webinar with the topic "Challenge 1 Overview and Registration" was held at 12:00 pm ET. The webinar recording is available on YouTube. The webinar slides are available for download. Additional information may be found on the Registration page.

 

November 1, 2018

The ARPA-E GO Competition Challenge 1 begins. Download the official Timeline Document.

October 31, 2018

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced on October 31, 2018, ARPA-E's first ever Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. @SecretaryPerry

Additional Information is here. A list of Support Grants for Participation in ARPA-E GO Competition Challenge 1 awardees is here.

October 31, 2018

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced ARPA-E's first ever Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. The GO Competition is a series of challenges to develop software management solutions for a resilient and secure American electricity grid. Today marks the beginning of GO Challenge 1, offering up to $4 million in prizes to develop new algorithms to make routing power across the grid faster and more efficient. See Press Release.

October 23, 2018

The Python Evaluation source code, evaluation.py, was made available on GitHub at https://github.com/GOCompetition/Evaluation

Entrants may find the input data parsing done by the Evaluation code (specifically in data.py) a useful model for their own code.

August 28, 2018

The most recent version of th Problem Formulation document for Challenge 1 may be found on the Problem Formulation page.

The most recent version  Scoring document for Challenge 1 may be found on the Scoring page.

August 15, 2018

The most recent version of the  Rules document for Challenge 1 may be found on the Rules page.

July 27, 2018

A video of the June 28, 2018 GO Competition Workshop held at FERC is available here.

July 26, 2018

The most recent version  Scoring document for Challenge 1 may be found on the Scoring page.

July 24, 2018

ARPA-E today issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) of up to $5 million for research and development of algorithms to modernize the electric grid. If successful, awardees will participate in Challenge 1 of ARPA-E’s Grid Optimization (GO) Competition, set to launch in fall 2018. See the press release. The FOA (DE-FOA-0001952) can be found at ARPA-E Funding Opportunity Announcement--select Funding Archive in the upper left and enter the FOA number if the direct link does not work. View the Support Grants for Participation in ARPA-E GO Competition Challenge 1 FOA Document.

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