Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Committee Chair

Ali Feliachi.


In view of deregulation and privatization processes, electricity pricing becomes one of the most important issues. The increases in power flows and environmental constraints are forcing electricity utilities to install new VAR equipment to enhance network operation. In this thesis a nonlinear multi-objective optimization problem has been formulated to maximize both social welfare and the maximum distance to collapse point in an open power market using reactive support like Static Var Compensator (SVC). The production and consumption costs of reactive power are intended to provide proper market signals to the electricity market agents. They are included in the multi-objective Optimal Power Flow (OPF) coupled with an (N-1) contingency criterion which is based on power flow sensitivity analysis.;Considering the cost associated with the investment of VAR support, placing them at the optimal location in the network is an important issue. An index to find the optimal site for VAR support considering various technical and economical parameters based on Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) is proposed. The weights for these parameters are computed through an Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). A new approach of transmission pricing calculation taking VSC-OPF based multi-objective maximization as the objective and studied the impact of SVC on it. The integrated approach is illustrated on a 6-bus and a standard IEEE 14-bus test systems and shows promising results.