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A reference network model for large-scale distribution planning with automatic street map generation

C. Mateo, T. Gómez, A. Sánchez, J. Peco, A. Candela

A Reference Network Model (RNM) is a large-scale distribution planning tool that can help regulators to estimate efficient costs in the context of incentive regulation applied to distribution companies. This paper presents the main features of an RNM developed for planning distribution networks from scratch, greenfield planning, or incrementally from an existing grid. Two properties of the model are highlighted: the simultaneous planning of high-, medium-, and low-voltage networks by using simultaneity factors; and the layout of cables in urban areas, taking into consideration the street map, which is automatically generated by the model. A case study evaluates the impact of these features on the results.

Keywords: Power distribution , power distribution planning , power system planning , regulators

IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. Volume: 26 Issue: 1 Pages: 190-197

Journal Impact Factor: JCR impact factor 5.255 (2017)

DOI reference: DOI icon 10.1109/TPWRS.2010.2052077    

Published on paper: February 2011.

    Topics research:
  • *Smart grids
  • *Modeling, simulation and optimization

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