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Scheduling Non-preemptible Jobs to Minimize Peak Demand
This paper examines an important problem in smart grid energy scheduling; peaks in power demand are proportionally more expensive to generate and provision for. The issue is exacerbated in local microgrids that do not benefit from the aggregate smoothing experienced by large grids. Demand-side scheduling can reduce these peaks by taking advantage of the fact that there is often flexibility in job start times. We focus attention on the case where the jobs are non-preemptible, meaning oncedoi:10.20944/preprints201709.0108.v1 fatcat:c6drn6pytrhe3ksmkgayqacogq