Publication Type:

Journal Article


International Journal on Energy Conversion and Management, Volume 52, Issue 2, p.1334–1342 (2011)


Environmental/economic dispatch; Pareto front; Multiobjective optimization; Bacterial foraging; Non-dominated sorting


In this paper the bacteria foraging meta-heuristic is extended into the domain of multiobjective optimization. In this multiobjective bacteria foraging (MOBF) optimization technique, during chemotaxis a set of intermediate bacteria positions are generated. Next, we use pareto non-dominance criterion to determine final set of bacteria positions, which constitute the superior solutions among current and intermediate solutions. To test the efficacy of our proposed algorithm we have chosen a highly constrained optimization problem namely economic/emission dispatch. Economic dispatch is a constrained optimization problem in power system to distribute the load demand among the committed generators economically. Now-a-days environmental concern that arises due to the operation of fossil fuel fired electric generators and global warming, transforms the classical economic load dispatch problem into multiobjective environmental/economic dispatch (EED). In the proposed work, we have considered the standard IEEE 30-bus six-generator test system on which several other multiobjective evolutionary algorithms are tested. We have also made a comparative study of the proposed algorithm with that of reported in the literature. Results show that the proposed algorithm is a capable candidate in solving the multiobjective economic emission load dispatch problem.

Cite this Research Publication

Dr. V. Ravikumar Pandi, Panigrahi, B. K., Sharma, R., Das, S., and Das, S., “Multiobjective bacteria foraging algorithm for electrical load dispatch problem”, International Journal on Energy Conversion and Management, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 1334–1342, 2011.