Block-Layer Reliability Method for Distribution Systems under Various Operating Scenarios

Bruno de Oliveira e Sousa, Muhammad Humayun, Atte Pihkala, Robert Millar, Matti Lehtonen

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This paper formulates a block-layer method for the reliability assessment of distribution systems. The characteristics of the method include: 1) identifying the impact of distribution component reliability on the system and load points using a block-layer structured assessment; 2) incorporating time-dependent failure parameters; and 3) taking account of the topological, seasonal, and meteorological features of the distribution systems under analysis. The proposed method first identifies the three critical parts of the distribution system: main supply, feeder, and secondary substation. It can also include reserve connections and distributed generation. Second, the method frames these parts into the layered structure, each corresponding to the zone of total load curtailment. To verify this reliability technique, this paper simulates distribution feeders assembled in a number of topologies and compares them with the state sampling technique. Data provided by the local utility company are processed to model the equipment and load for the base year. The results show that the proposed method can provide a wide range of partial and system indices. These values assist in the identification of parts of the distribution system and scenarios with low reliability and to determine possible remedial actions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7501823
Pages (from-to)978-988
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Distributed generation
  • power distribution
  • reliability assessment
  • reserve connection
  • system topology


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