A method and apparatus for optimizing the operation of a power generating plant using artificial intelligence techniques. One or more decisions D are determined for at least one consecutive time increment, where at least one of the decisions D is associated with a discrete variable for the operation of a power plant device in the power generating plant. In an illustrated embodiment, the power plant device is a soot cleaning device associated with a boiler.
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This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-FC26-02NT41425 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention, including a paid-up license and the right, in limited circumstances, to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms.