L2RPN 2020

Learning To Run a Power Network Challenge

WCCI L2RPN Competition is now available on Codalab: https://competitions.codalab.org/competitions/24902

A sandbox competition is still available for anyone to start playing around: https://competitions.codalab.org/competitions/24493

Upcoming Competitions - Starting In



Competitions will be held on Codalad challenge platform. Make sure to sign up in the mailing list to stay informed!

Also visit the Competitions section above for more information about the upcoming ones.


Power grids transport electricity across states, countries and even continents. They are the backbone of power distribution, playing a central economical and societal role by supplying reliable power to industry, services, and consumers. Their importance appears even more critical today as we transition towards a more sustainable world within a carbon-free economy, and concentrate energy distribution in the form of electricity. Problems that arise within the power grid range from transient brownouts to complete electrical blackouts which can create significant economic and social perturbations, i.e.de facto freezing society. Grid operators are still responsible for ensuring that a reliable supply of electricity is provided everywhere, at all times. With the advent of renewable energy, electric mobility, and limitations placed on engaging in new grid infrastructure projects, the task of controlling existing grids is becoming increasingly difficult, forcing grid operators to do “more with less”. This challenge aims at testing the potential of AI to address this important real-world problem for our future.

Grid2Operate AI for power grid framework

Our testbed platform used in competitions to model real-time operations, run & benchmark control algorithms github.com/rte-france/Grid2Op

AI For Smart Grids:

If you want to join us within this new community and participate to the competitions, please sign up to our mailing list.

If you first want to know more about it, go through this web page and our white paper below.

Will you help rejuvenate our aging Electricity Fairy ?

The Electricity Fairy Paintaing in Paris


White Paper

This paper explains in simple terms the different necessary concepts of a power grid and power grid operations, and to highlight upcoming challenges on which RL could help. An interactive tutorial on grid operations is available in the Power Grid in Action section.


Presented at Neurips 2018 workhop - Challenge into the wild

The Learning to run a power network challenge was first presented at the CIML workshop at Neurips 2018. It introduces the upcoming challenges for power grid operations.

A control room to operate a power grid in France

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The Learning To Run Story

Previously on Learning to Run ...

A first Reinforcement Learning challenge organized at NeurIPS 2017 by Stanford caught our attention and inspired us: The Learning To Run Challenge - or how to learn a controller to make an agent walk and run without falling! This was a tough coordination and planning problem.

See the video for some fun and some impressive results obtained with RL! For more details, visit the github page.

... Coming soon on Learning to Run !

A power grid can be seen as well as a giant artificial body that needs to be controlled with coordination to ensure proper stability while operating under a challenging hazardous environment. Otherwise the system will fall into a BLACKOUT !

See a didactic video explaining a near blackout event in Europe in 2006. Visit this section to know more about real-world issues.

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