Conservation of energy can be applied in designing control of hybrid power systems to manage power demand and supply. In practice, it can be used for designing decentralized controllers. In this paper, this idea is analyzed in a generalized theoretical framework. The problem is transformed to that of using minimum phase zeros to generate a specific type of transient response admitted by dynamical systems. Here, the transient step response is shaped using an underlying conservation principle. In this paper, emphasis is placed on second order systems. However, the analysis can be extended to higher order transfer functions. Analytical results relating zero location to the matched/ mismatched areas of the transient response are established for a class of second order systems. A combination of feedback and feedforward actions are shown to achieve the desired zero placement/addition and the desired transient response. The proposed analysis promises extension to nonlinear systems. Optimization studies also seem appropriate, especially for higher order transfer functions.

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