Visible to the public Cyber-Physical Simulation Platform for Security Assessment of Transactive Energy Systems

TitleCyber-Physical Simulation Platform for Security Assessment of Transactive Energy Systems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsZhang, Y., Eisele, S., Dubey, A., Laszka, A., Srivastava, A. K.
Conference Name2019 7th Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems (MSCPES)
Keywordsactive distribution system operator, blockchain, Computational modeling, Cyber Attacks, cyber-attacks, Cyber-physical security, cyber-physical simulation platform, Cyber-physical systems, data privacy, decentralized power system control problem, distributed energy resources, distributed power generation, distributed software platforms, financial markets, HVAC, power distribution economics, power distribution reliability, power engineering computing, power system security, privacy platform, pubcrawl, resilience, Resiliency, security, security assessment, security of data, Simulation Platform, smart meters, strategic control, system reliability, system resiliency, Temperature control, TES simulation, TESST, testbed, transactive energy, transactive energy security simulation testbed, transactive energy systems
AbstractTransactive energy systems (TES) are emerging as a transformative solution for the problems that distribution system operators face due to an increase in the use of distributed energy resources and rapid growth in scalability of managing active distribution system (ADS). On the one hand, these changes pose a decentralized power system control problem, requiring strategic control to maintain reliability and resiliency for the community and for the utility. On the other hand, they require robust financial markets while allowing participation from diverse prosumers. To support the computing and flexibility requirements of TES while preserving privacy and security, distributed software platforms are required. In this paper, we enable the study and analysis of security concerns by developing Transactive Energy Security Simulation Testbed (TESST), a TES testbed for simulating various cyber attacks. In this work, the testbed is used for TES simulation with centralized clearing market, highlighting weaknesses in a centralized system. Additionally, we present a blockchain enabled decentralized market solution supported by distributed computing for TES, which on one hand can alleviate some of the problems that we identify, but on the other hand, may introduce newer issues. Future study of these differing paradigms is necessary and will continue as we develop our security simulation testbed.
Citation Keyzhang_cyber-physical_2019