Graduate Exam Abstract

Turki Alaqeel

Ph.D. Preliminary

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
Co-Adviser: N/A
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

[1] 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.

[2] 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.

[3] 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.

Program of Study:
ECE 501
ECE 508
ECE 461
ECE 623
ECE 509
ECE 565
ECE 566
ECE 531