Optimization of Purchase, Storage and Transmission Contracts for Natural Gas Utilities
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Natural gas utilities supply about a quarter of the energy needs of the United States. From wellhead to consumer, operations are governed by an astounding diversity of purchase, transport, and storage contract agreements which prepare a complex physical distribution system to meet future demands no more predictable than next years weather. We present a decision support system based on a highly detailed optimization model used by utilities to plan operations which minimize cost while satisfying regulatory agencies. Applications at Southwest Gas Corporation are presented along with a case study at Questar Pipeline Corporation.
- Operations Research