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Miguel A. Ortega-Vazquez

  • Affiliate Assistant Professor

Miguel A. Ortega-Vazquez received his B.Sc. (Hons) degree in electrical engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia, Mexico, in 1999 and his M.Sc. degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Nuevo León, Mexico, in 2001.  In 2006 he received his Ph.D. from The University of Manchester (formerly UMIST).  All his degrees have an emphasis in power systems.

Professor Ortega-Vazquez was a postdoctoral scholar at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, until 2010, and assistant professor at the Department of Energy and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, until 2011. In 2012 he joined UW EE as a research assistant professor; in 2013 he was appointed as an assistant professor.  His current research interests include power system security, power system economics, integration of renewable energy sources and the smart grid.

Professor Ortega-Vazquez is an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

Research Interests

Smart grids, power system security, power system economics.

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The test bed will involve the installation of multiple smart inverters at UW, to control the power produced from solar panels, and eventually feed campus-produced photovoltaic power into the power grid. The student-run organization UW Solar will be involved in installing solar panels for the project. A lithium-ion battery energy storage system will also be added to increase the flexibility of the power consumption across campus. UW researchers will also utilize their expertise in data analytics to develop strategies to make buildings responsive to transactive control signals.

By spanning three campuses, the project will enable buildings and equipment across all three sites to communicate with each other to automatically adjust energy usage according to data such as energy prices and time of day. The project builds on the recently completed Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, which involved all three entities.

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The regional partnership involves three campuses across the state: the University of Washington, Washington State University and DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. This is the first time researchers will be testing transactive controls on this large of a scale. By combining dynamic control techniques that alter the amount of energy used in various devices or grids, transactive controls reduce energy costs and consumption. The project will establish a test bed that will be available for use by other research projects following completion of the study, which is anticipated in 2017.

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The test bed will involve the installation of multiple smart inverters at UW, to control the power produced from solar panels, and eventually feed campus-produced photovoltaic power into the power grid. The student-run organization UW Solar will be involved in installing solar panels for the project. A lithium-ion battery energy storage system will also be added to increase the flexibility of the power consumption across campus. UW researchers will also utilize their expertise in data analytics to develop strategies to make buildings responsive to transactive control signals.

By spanning three campuses, the project will enable buildings and equipment across all three sites to communicate with each other to automatically adjust energy usage according to data such as energy prices and time of day. The project builds on the recently completed Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, which involved all three entities.

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By spanning three campuses, the project will enable buildings and equipment across all three sites to communicate with each other to automatically adjust energy usage according to data such as energy prices and time of day. The project builds on the recently completed Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, which involved all three entities.

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Representative Publications

  • M. A. Ortega-Vazquez, "Optimal Scheduling of Electric Vehicle Charging and Vehicle-to-Grid Services at Household Level Including Battery Degradation and Price Uncertainty", IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, Vol.8 , Issue 6, pp. 1007-1016, Jun. 2014.
  • Y. Dvorkin, H. Pandzic, M. A. Ortega-Vazquez and D. S. Kirschen, "A Hybrid Stochastic/Interval Approach to Transmission-Constrained Unit Commitment", IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 30, Issue 2, pp. 621-631, Mar. 2015.
  • M. R. Sarker, H. Pandzic and M. A. Ortega-Vazquez, "Optimal Operation and Services Scheduling for an Electric Vehicle Battery Swapping Station," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 30, Issue 2, pp. 901-910, Mar. 2015.
  • M. R. Sarker, Y. Dvorkin and M. A. Ortega-Vazquez, "Optimal Participation of an Electric Vehicle Aggregator in Day-Ahead Energy and Reserve Markets", IEEE Transactions on Power Systems
  • M. R. Sarker, M. A. Ortega-Vazquez and D. S. Kirschen, "Optimal Coordination and Scheduling of Demand Response via Monetary Incentives," IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 6, Issue 3, pp. 1341-1352, May 2015.
  • Y. Dvorkin, M. A. Ortega-Vazquez and D. S. Kirschen, "Wind Generation as a Reserve Provider", IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, Vol. 9, Issue 8, pp. 779-787, 2015.
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  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 2006
    The University of Manchester (formerly UMIST), UK
  • M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, 2001
    Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico
  • B.Sc. (Hons), Electrical Engineering, 1999
    Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia, Mexico