Graduate Exam Abstract
December 1, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Engineering C101B (ECE Conference Room)
An Econometric Framework for Electricity Infrastructure Modernization in Saudi Arabia
Abstract: Electricity infrastructure in Saudi Arabia
is faced with several challenges
represented in demand growth, high
peak demand, high level of government
subsidies, and system losses. This works
aims at addressing these challenges and
proposing a framework to modernize the
electricity infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.
The framework proposes four different
scenarios for the future electric grid. The
scenarios are identified by two
dimensions. The first dimension is to
deregulate the electricity market. The
second dimension is to allow the
penetration of smart grid technologies.
Cost benefit analysis and risk
assessment are carried out as evaluation
tools to estimate global welfare obtained
by applying each scenario.
Adviser: Prof. Siddharth Suryanarayanan
Non-ECE Member: Prof. Jennifer Coats, Department of Finance and Real Estate
Member 3: Prof. Anthony A. Maciejewski, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Addional Members: Prof. George J. Collins, Electrical and Computer Engineering
 T. Alaqeel and S. Suryanarayanan, "A Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process Algorithm to Prioritize Smart Grid Technologies for the Saudi Electricity Infrastructure," Journal of Applied Energy, under review.
 T. Alaqeel and S. Suryanarayanan, "Ex Ante Cost-Benefit Analysis for Optimal Deregulation of Electricity Markets," in IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, Boston, MA, 2016.
 T. Alaqeel and S. Suryanarayanan, “Examining Some Prospect Scenarios for the Electricity Grid Infrastructure Modernization in Saudi Arabia," in North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Pullman, WA, 2014, pp. 1-6.
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