Power TAC 2012 Update
There were three tournaments in the 2012 Power Trading Agent Competition (Power TAC). The first began in late May of 2012 with a qualifying round as part of the Thirteenth Annual Trading Agent Competition. A demonstration round was held during the AAMAS-12 conference in Valencia on June 4-5. Participants have designed autonomous trading agents that act as retail brokers, earning profits by selling tariff contracts to customers and trading in a wholesale market for bulk power. The simulation scenario is designed to provide a range of challenges to broker agents, including a day-ahead market for wholesale power, realistic weather forecasts (which affect the output of wind and solar energy, as well as consumption), customers with uncertain demand and a variety of preferences over tariff terms, and a distribution utility that charges for energy transport and for imbalances between supply and demand. Tariffs can offer fixed, time-of-use, or dynamic pricing, and a number of other features that are commonly available in liberalized power markets.
A second round of Power TAC 2012 was held September 24-27 2012, and the third round ran from 30 November through 7 December.
The formal game specification and initial server and sample broker implementations are available for evaluation and broker development. A final release of the infrastructure components is scheduled for 16 July 2012.
We look forward to your participation in a vigorous competition in 2013.
Wolf Ketter, John Collins, and the Power TAC team