SmartGrid Seminar

Zero Marginal Cost Power Grid
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 1:30pm
Y2E2 300
Sean Meyn (University of Florida)
Abstract / Description: 

The talk will focus on research at Florida/Inria on harnessing flexible loads to create virtual storage. The goal is to address volatility from high penetration of renewable energy from the wind and sun. It is argued that these resources come at essentially zero marginal cost, which is a major barrier to innovation. Solutions to this dilemma will be proposed; it is hoped that this will lead to constructive debate — especially in view of CAISO's current debates on the future of DSM.

Based on joint research with Profs. Ana Busic and Prabir Barooah


Our speakers will discuss exciting new ideas and technologies that are changing the electricity industry. The theme of the seminar series is on smart grids and energy systems, with speakers from academic institutions and industry. The hour-long seminars, including ample time for discussion, are held at 1:00 pm or 1:15 pm approximately every Thursday.

This seminar is offered as a 1 unit seminar course, CEE 272T/EE292T for interested students. This course can be repeated for credit for the students.


Sean Meyn received the B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1982 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, Canada, in 1987 (with Prof. P. Caines, McGill University). He is now Professor and Robert C. Pittman Eminent Scholar Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida, director of the Laboratory for Cognition & Control, and director of the Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy. His academic research interests include stochastic processes, optimization, and information theory. For the past ten years his applied research has focused on engineering, markets, and policy in energy markets.