Audun Botterud

Energy Systems Engineer, Decision and Information Sciences Division

Audun Botterud is an Energy Systems Engineer in the Center for Energy, Environmental and Economic Systems Analysis. His research focuses on modeling and analysis of electricity markets and power systems, using a variety of mathematical optimization and simulation methods. He is particularly interested in decision making under uncertainty as it pertains to the planning and operation of power and energy systems.

After joining Argonne in 2005, Botterud contributed to the development of the Electricity Market Complex Adaptive System (EMCAS) model and agent-based simulator of restructured electricity markets. More recently, his work has focused on challenges related to the integration of renewable energy (wind and solar) into the electric power grid. He led a project on improved wind power forecasting and better use of forecasts in electricity markets.

Previous to his tenure at Argonne, Botterud was part of SINTEF Energy Research in Trondheim, Norway. At SINTEF, he developed optimization tools for hydropower scheduling and reservoir management, and conducted studies of the Nordic electricity market. Some of his Ph.D. studies were performed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Botterud is a co-developer of two licensed software tools: EMCAS (Electricity Market Complex Adaptive Systems) and ARGUS-PRIMA (Prediction Intelligent Machine).

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Publications and Patents

  • Botterud A., Zhou Z., Wang J., Sumaili J., Keko H., Mendes J., Bessa R.J., Miranda V., ”Demand Dispatch and Probabilistic Wind Power Forecasting in Unit Commitment and Economic Dispatch: A Case Study of Illinois,” IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 250-261, Jan. 2013.
  • Botterud A., Zhou Z., Wang J., Bessa R.J., Keko H., Sumaili J. Miranda, V., “Wind Power Trading under Uncertainty in LMP markets,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 27, No.2, pp. 894-903, 2012.
  • Valentino L., Valenzuela V., Botterud A., Zhou Z., Conzelmann G., “System-Wide Implications of Increased Wind Power Penetration,” Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 46, No. 7, pp. 4200–4206, 2012.
  • Botterud A., Kristiansen T., Ilic M.D, “The relationship between spot and futures prices in the Nord Pool electricity market,” Energy Economics, Vol. 32, No. 5, pp. 967-978, 2010.
  • Botterud A., Wang J., Miranda V., Bessa R.J., “Wind Power Forecasting in U.S. Electricity Markets,” Electricity Journal, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 71-82, 2010.
  • Botterud A., Yildiz B., Conzelmann G., Petri M.C. “Nuclear hydrogen: An assessment of product flexibility and market viability,” Energy Policy, Vol. 36, No. 10, pp. 3961-3973, Oct. 2008.
  • Botterud A. and Korpås M., “A stochastic dynamic model for optimal timing of investments in new generation capacity in restructured power systems,” Int. Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 163-174, Feb. 2007.
  • Botterud A., Ilic M.D., Wangensteen I., “Optimal Investments in Power Generation under Centralized and Decentralized Decision Making,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 20, 1, pp. 254-263, 2005.