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Hohyun Lee, Yi Fang, and Yuhong Liu received $150,000 from NIST

Hohyun Lee with the Mechanical Engineering Department and Yi Fang and Yuhong Liu with the Computer Science and Engineering Department have received a $150,000 award from NIST to support their project "Fair and Resilient Control of Energy Systems in Grid-Interactive Buildings Under Skewed and Faulty Communication".

Hohyun Lee with the Mechanical Engineering Department and Yi Fang and Yuhong Liu with the Computer Science and Engineering Department have received a $150,000 award from NIST to support their project "Fair and Resilient Control of Energy Systems in Grid-Interactive Buildings Under Skewed and Faulty Communication". 

With the enhanced penetration of renewable energy technologies, the power generation from the conventional utility providers needs to respond to the fluctuation of renewable energy sources. In order to distribute the load evenly, dynamic and instantaneous change of utility rate is suggested and explored by many researchers. Statistical methods based on previously collected data are often utilized to predict the future load and pricing more precisely. Any approach based on the averaged number may overlook underrepresented groups who do not account for the data too much. As seen in the power outage in Texas last year, many low-income residential sectors were severely affected by no power or the surge in the price. Hence, a more comprehensive approach for the utility rate determination should be developed and validated by a reliable tool. We propose a scalable co-simulation framework and tools to model the power consumption by different houses at a community level, which can potentially reveal how well the benefits or disadvantages are distributed based on the income level. The Universal CPS Environment for Federation (UCEF), the open source co-simulation tool developed by NIST, will be utilized to explore the data fairness issue for energy pricing.