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Miguel Ortega-Vazquez

Miguel Ortega-Vazquez
Research Assistant Professor
Smart grids, power system security, power system economics, integration of renewable energy

M350 EEB
Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-9308

The University of Manchester (formerly UMIST), PhD EE, 2006
Universidad Autonóma de Nuevo León, MSc EE 2001
Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia, Ingeniero Eléctrico, (Electrical Engineer), 1999


Miguel Ortega-Vazquez was appointed Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Washington in 2011. From 2010 to 2011 he was Assistant Professor in the Division of Energy and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. From 2006 to 2010 he was Research Associate in the Power Systems research group at the University of Manchester (formerly UMIST) in Great Britain.

Research Interests

Power Systems are forever changing. The paradigm of a generation-demand has evolved to complexly integrated systems. On the one hand, the integration of stochastic weather-driven power sources has resulted in larger uncertainties in the demand that needs to be met by dispatchable generation. On the other hand, with the advent of smart grid technologies, the demand side is starting to feature higher degrees of control and flexibility. Along with this, the unrelenting demand growth and the preference of electricity as the main energy carrier are pushing power systems to be operated closer to their limits. In order to operate these evolved power systems in a cost effective, reliable and clean way (with the minimum environmental impact), new tools that capture the new features of the supply and demand sides, and that exploits the new degrees of control and communication made available in the smart grid framework, are required. The development of these efficient operating tools to aid system operators to draw the daily operating plans is my main research interest.

I have also worked on the provision of optimal levels of reserve. Power system operators try to keep a certain amount of generation capacity as spinning reserve to ensure that the power system is able to withstand the sudden outage of some generating units or an unforeseen increase in load without having to resort to load shedding. Whilst providing large amounts of reserve hedges the system against a larger spectrum of contingencies, this is unpractical, since the reserve comes at a cost, and this, ideally, should be kept at a minimum. System operators should therefore balance the costs of providing reserve, versus the risk of having to shed load (or even a total blackout) as a consequence of contingency. The provision of optimal amounts of reserve while accommodating wind power generation resources in the most efficient way was the direction of my research during my PhD and my postdoctoral appointment.

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2006 PhD, University of Manchester (formerly UMIST) Emphasis in Power Systems
2001 Master's (MSc), Universidad Autonóma de Nuevo León, Mexico Emphasis in Power Systems
1999 Electrical Engineer's degree, Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia, Ingeniero Eléctrico, Mexico Emphasis in Power Systems

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Ortega-Vazquez, M. A. and Kirschen, D. S., (2005), Solutions Manual, Fundamentals of Power System Economics, John Wiley and Sons.

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