International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems
This paper proposes a modified cuckoo search algorithm (MCSA) for solving short-term hydrothermal scheduling (HTS) problem. The considered HTS problem in this paper is to minimize total cost of thermal generators with valve point loading effects satisfying power balance constraint, water availability, and generator operating limits. The MCSA method is based on the conventional CSA method with modifications to enhance its search ability. In the MCSA, the eggs are first sorted in the descending order of their fitness function value and then classified in two groups where the eggs with low fitness function value are put in the top egg group and the other ones are put in the abandoned one. The abandoned group, the step size of the Lévy flight in CSA will change with the number of iterations to promote more localized searching when the eggs are getting closer to the optimal solution. On the other hand, there will be an information exchange between two eggs in the top egg group to speed up the search process of the eggs. The proposed MCSA method has been tested on different systems and the obtained results are compared to those from other methods available in the literature. The result comparison has indicated that the proposed method can obtain higher quality solutions than many other methods. Therefore, the proposed MCSA can be a new efficient method for solving short-term fixed-head hydrothermal scheduling problems.