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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 708275, 14 pages
Research Article

A Comparative Study of Fuzzy Logic, Genetic Algorithm, and Gradient-Genetic Algorithm Optimization Methods for Solving the Unit Commitment Problem

The Laboratory of Technologies of Information and Communication and Electrical Engineering (LaTICE), National Higher School of Engineers of Tunis (ENSIT), University of Tunis, 05 Avenue Taha Hussein-Monfleury, 1008 Tunis, Tunisia

Received 5 April 2014; Revised 19 June 2014; Accepted 20 June 2014; Published 16 July 2014

Academic Editor: Erik Cuevas

Copyright © 2014 Sahbi Marrouchi and Souad Ben Saber. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Due to the continuous increase of the population and the perpetual progress of industry, the energy management presents nowadays a relevant topic that concerns researchers in electrical engineering. Indeed, in order to establish a good exploitation of the electrical grid, it is necessary to solve technical and economic problems. This can only be done through the resolution of the Unit Commitment Problem. Unit Commitment Problem allows optimizing the combination of the production units’ states and determining their production planning, in order to satisfy the expected consumption with minimal cost during a specified period which varies usually from 24 hours to one week. However, each production unit has some constraints that make this problem complex, combinatorial, and nonlinear. This paper presents a comparative study between a strategy based on hybrid gradient-genetic algorithm method and two strategies based on metaheuristic methods, fuzzy logic, and genetic algorithm, in order to predict the combinations and the unit commitment scheduling of each production unit in one side and to minimize the total production cost in the other side. To test the performance of the optimization proposed strategies, strategies have been applied to the IEEE electrical network 14 busses and the obtained results are very promising.