Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Number of Pages



The recent changes in the electric utility industry due to the deregulation of the industry have created an immense need for the evaluation of all the services provided. The electric utility companies all across the United States have been providing these services for a long period of time. However, under the light of current deregulation, each one of these services have to be identified and evaluated separately. This thesis discusses three of these services, including security of the power system operation (Spinning and operating reserves), Automatic Generation Control (Load Following) and reactive power support. These three services are vital in operation of any power system. There is a lot of research currently being done to evaluate the cost of providing these services. The thesis makes an attempt to recognize the importance of these services and uses the system dispatch and unit commitment theory and principles to evaluate the cost of each of the above mentioned services.


Ancillary; Automatic; Calculation; Control; Cost; Electric; Electric Utilities; Generation; Including; Power; Reactive; Security; Services; System; Utilities

Controlled Subject

Electrical engineering; Force and energy; Commerce

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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