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Fifteenth National Power Systems Conference (NPSC), IIT Bombay, December 2008

Impact of DG on Radial Distribution System Reliability
E. Vidya Sagar & P.V.N. Prasad 

load during contingencies, until the utility can restore
Abstract-Distributed generation is that of limited size (”10MW) additional delivery capacity. DG has some specific
and interconnected at the substation, distribution feeder or customer characteristics which distinguish it from conventional
load points. DG technologies include photo voltaics, wind turbines, generating units [2,3]. Therefore, they could not be treated
small and micro sized turbine packages and IC engine generators. DG neither as conventional generation nor substation to perform
has some specific characteristics which distinguish it form reliability evaluation. Nevertheless, special condition of DG is
conventional generating units to perform reliability evaluation.
not considered and the DG is considered to play the same role
Therefore an appropriate modeling of DG is necessary to know the
impact of DG on reliability of the distribution system. In this paper a as conventional generating stations or distribution substation.
reliability model for DG is developed, an analytical probabilistic An analytical technique is presented in this paper to study the
approach is proposed and the primary reliability indices, load point DG impact on the distribution system reliability. The paper is
indices and performance indices are calculated for each model. arranged as follows: next section broadly discusses the
problem, its background and the requirement for an analytical
Keywords - Distribution System, Distributed Generation, model. There is a brief introduction to distribution system
Reliability Indices. reliability assessment in section III. The proposed method is
investigated in sections IV and V. The method is then applied
INTRODUCTION to a sample distribution system in section VI and the results
are compared for different DG modeling. The results show the
T HE primary emphasis of power systems has been on
providing a reliable and economic supply of electric
energy to their customers. The spare or redundant
application of the proposed approach to consider specific
nature of DG in reliability evaluation.
capacities in generation and network facilities have been
inbuilt in order to ensure adequate and acceptable continuity of PROBLEM DEFINITION
supply in the event of failure, forced outages of plant and Compared with conventional generating units, DG would
removal of facilities in regular scheduled maintenance. experience more derated states. This is one difference between
Reliability elevation of electric power systems has been an DG and conventional stations. Main generating stations
integral part of planning and operation of electric power usually have 2-state model in which it can only toggle between
systems. Studies have predicted that DG will be a significant up and down states. DG can operate in several derated states.
percentage of all new generation going on-line & that they Another difference is the behavior of resources used in DG
would have about 20% of new generations being installed. to produce the electric energy. For example, renewable energy
They use different types of resources and technologies to serve technologies have considerable contribution in DG
energy to power systems. DG applications result in positive technologies which use green energy resources such as wind
and negative side effects for both utility and customers and solar energy to produce power. Their output power
Reduction of system expansion costs, decreasing loss of depends on the amount of available resource at each moment.
power and reliability enhancement are some of the benefits of Therefore, compared with conventional stations, the power
DG applications. In contrast, power quality issues, islanding produced by renewable energy may experience more
operation and voltage control problem are among troublesome fluctuations. This case does not usually happen in the
impacts of DG on power system [1]. conventional generating stations and hence, this phenomenon
Even though the concept of DG is not new, there is an is not usually included in the traditional reliability evaluation
increasing trend towards DG application in power systems. methods for generating stations. On the other hand, DG has
Environmental concerns, economical considerations, intrinsic differences with distribution substation. One of the
technological advancements and power system deregulation most important assumptions in distribution system reliability
are known as accelerating factors for DG application. evaluation is that distribution substation can supply the loads
Utilizing a DG in power system should considerably improve demand completely. The case is not necessarily true for the
reliability indices. Distributed generation can improve the DG.
utility's ability to serve peak load on a feeder, and thus allows
deferral of capital investment on a feeder. DG helps to supply In cases when DG has the responsibility to energize the load
in an island, the DG power and the load demand do not follow 

E. Vidya Sagar is with the University College of Engineering, Osmania the same trend. This case may happen especially in some
University, Hyderabad, phone: 040-27098628; e-mail: evsscce@yahoo.co.in renewable generations. Thus, the island demand is likely to go
beyond the DG capacity. In these cases, the system reaction
P.V.N. Prasad is with the University College of Engg., Osmania University,
Hyderabad , phone : 040-27098628; e-mail: polaki@rediffmail.com would be to shed some loads or to disconnect DG from the
island. The first reaction happens when a load shedding

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i i hrs / cust. impact on the load point where  Ȝj is the failure rate of cut-set j. there must be at least one other sectionalizing rC . to any load point of such a system requires a set of component 2. are designated as “cut-sets”. models.The failure ȜC. December 2008 schemes is applied in the distribution system. ¦N i Another system index in reliability evaluation is System Based on the above issues. It has to be noted that DG can improve reliability through islanding ¦O N C . such PROBLEM FORMULATION as distribution planning. load points are also disconnected due to year in which the load point LPi is not energized.i ¦ Oj Allj (1) like the island IP2 shown in Fig. i U C . LPi 3. In the latter one. In this system.i of the load point LPi are calculated as It should be noted that DG could only help load points in the follows. Thus. / cust. System the occurrence of fault.2 an island may form and the DG supplies the load demand in the island during loss of main Ui supply. If there is not any and can be interpreted as the average time during a calendar sectionalizing device. this is the main advantage of assessed. system with DG is shown in Fig. This benefit may be unattainable due to difference in the generation and the demand in island. yr (4) operation. It is also assumed that all failures are active. IIT Bombay. Sample distribution systems are made in derivation and evaluating the proposed method: 1. Continuity between load point and utility/DG is the sole A distribution feeder consists of a set of series components. Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIF) are defined as high difference between the DG power and the load demand (4) where Ni is the number of customers connected to load can activate the DG frequency or voltage protection devices point LPi and NL is the number of load points NL and the DG is prevented to energize the island any more. cables. event of faults on the upstream side of the DG. In fact.3. it can be used to compare different DG technologies from the reliability point of view. and repair time rC.i ¦O r Allj j j (3) component. O C . reliability criterion. This unification allows application of reliability enhancement method and practices in DG installation problem.set technique [4]. This system is used to deduce models and relations. Following assumptions Fig 1.i i SAIFI i 1 int . DG can continue islanded operation if Including lines. duration patterns and the feeder load is assumed to be In this method. DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM RELIBILABILITY EVALUATION This section briefly discusses reliability evaluation techniques Fig. Therefore. in the event of a contingency on any section. operation planning and switching placement. i (6) to include DG impact in different optimization problems. 1[4]. In such cases. the method would be used in In this section the impact of DG on reliability indices is any normal application. The reliability of load point. These sets the contingency occurred on the DG section. like LPj. The model considered intrinsic attributes of DG and analytical analysis of reliability indices over the computer the way it applied in distribution system. It could be applied in DG sizing and sitting problems and helps ENS ¦L av . etc. A customer connected its output generation is greater than the load demand. SKK is a feeder section ended with circuit breakers. as in Fig. Fifteenth National Power Systems Conference (NPSC). 468 .2 Sample Distribution System with DG applied in distribution system. rj is its average depends on sectionalizing devices which installed on the outage time. disconnects. Broadly speaking. A model used to evaluate DG ¦N i application must include different DG parameters and its The energy not supplied for the overall distribution system are intrinsic behaviors calculated based on average load demand L av Once the model is developed. A sample distribution simulation. DG can energize the feeder during contingencies unless between load and supply p0oints to be operating. Ui indicates unavailability of the load point LPi feeder between the load and faulted section.i rate section is dedicated with a load point. applying traditional reliability Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) as (5). all of the minimal cut-sets which interrupt uniformly distributed along the feeder. yr (5) need to develop suitable models.[5] The method also unifies DG modeling in traditional distribution system reliability analysis frame work. each power to load point LPi are identified . For down stream faults.2. Therefore.i (2) device between DG and main circuit breaker in order to permit Oi island formation during the repair time of damaged U C . such as generation station or distribution cannot properly reflect DG impact on the reliability and there is a SAIFI ¦U N C . All load points are assumed to have the same load be calculated using minimal cut. both circuit breakers at its ends should be opened immediately. A sample distribution test system is shown in Fig.

that probability of maintaining island. the analysis is O L.k be discussed in the next section. the failure rate and the associated outage the event of a failure on section SEj the DG continue supplying time of load point LPk are calculated using (13) and (14). Fifteenth National Power Systems Conference (NPSC). however. December 2008 For upstream faults. It should be noted that.k probability for the outage of each upstream section.k  1  IPLPk . in probability of IPLPk.k (12) probability of islanding depends on numerous factors and will O* IS . it is crucial to calculate islanding U * IS . IIT Bombay. K IPLPk O* IS . for a specific condition Considering that the load point LPk can be islanded with the formed due to the fault in section is LPj. the feeder with the probability LPj. The r * IS . The analyses should be respectively. In this step. completed for all sections in the upstream and downstream side of DG. This implies that. it can be assumed where * represents the modified index.

k (13) different for load points on up and down stream side of the r L. K IPLPk r * IS .OC . k  1  IPLPk .

If the DG is modeled as a distribution substation. the amount of change in the For each load point LPk the islanding probability of the load failure rate and outage time of load point LPk will be: point is the islanding probability of smallest island which 'O L .k . feeder.k (14) DG.k IPLPk O* IS .k  Oc. it would supply all of the island loads and LPj can be replaced by one. The analysis can be performed for all load points on the for all possible islands. Comparing (13) and (1).rC .

ND NU ISLANDING PROBABILITY O IS .i rUK .k. considered as a meshed network. j .k (7) calculated using the modified load point failure rates and when islanding is possible. If we consider sections on the upstream side of Since the value of failure rate decreases when islanding is the DG and LPk the closest one SEu. SEu. (15) contains LPj. for the load point LPk load point will be reduced if DG is applied. it is SE DG-1. it can be concluded from (15) that the failure rate of island as shown in Fig. of islanding probability is illustrated in the next section. Therefore. when islanding is possible. For instance.The failure rate and repair time of load point for assessing the DG impacts on reliability indices. (8) . In this case.i  rDK . methods In the above calculations. can be calculated using Eq.k. it was assumed that islanding correspond to the meshed network can be applied in reliability probabilities IPi are known. and for the LPj reduction can be strongly affected by the load point islanding on the downstream. determine the minimal possible. (9). Derivation LPk. 3. These values are important factors evaluation[5] . the load network can be outage times. j O DK . we have: probability IPLPk. The amount of on the upstream side of the DG. is SEu-k. Other load point and system indices can be IPLPk IPU . K ¦ ¦O UK .

Maintaining constant DG output needs that both of sections including the DG section is ND.8]. The effects of such distribution function with known mean and variance values. depends on the load outage no matter whether DG exists or not. For each load DG resource and DG structure remain unchanged. sections should be added to (8) and (9). Various issues related to DG U IS .k  U k USL 1. The total number of upper side section is NU. The probability that the load demand is smaller than the ° ND amount of DG generation resource permitted: IPBji U * IS . We need also the load demand of the island Lji side of DG (DSL). we use a short-term analysis to incorporate various ZKHUHȜi and rj are respective.k  Ok  ¯ ¦ i 1 O DK . (8) As seen in the previous section. We mean by "short-term" a time interval in which are respectively. it would be possible to include DG resource variation in in (10) and (11) for loads on upstream (USL) and down stream the calculation. which is the sum of load demands in the island formed by ­ O IS . This should demand and the DG resource behaviors [7. j (9) must be taken into account in islanding probability calculation.k  Ok USL outage of section SEi at the time interval Tj . The total number considerably.i rUK .k ®U (11) ° IS . The probability of island formation in the time interval Tj consists of two components: ­ U IS . The results are shown So. failure rate and repair time of sections SEj DG output power and load demand do not change located between the DG and load point LPk. ¯ i 1 469 .Historical data can * ° ND be used to calculate mean and variance for the DG resource O IS . The exact point.k  U k  ¦ U DK . Ȝi and rj calculation. failures on the associated section result in load point value of the time interval. In addition.i DSL variation. probability of islanding of a j 1 i 1 load point has dominant effect on the amount of reduction in ND NU its failure rate and outage time. j O DK . failure rate and repair time of factors such as hourly load demand. the DG generation Gj is modeled as a normal sections between the DG and the load.i rDK .k ¦¦O j 1 i 1 UK . DG resource variation and sections SEj on the upper stream of both DG and load point failure of DG components in the islanding probability LPk.k ®O (10) ° IS . The probability that DG can generate Gj and no failure encountered in the time interval: IPHji . in general. we need to calculate the probability of maintaining set. therefore be added to (8) and (9) as a first order minimal cut At first.i DSL 2. For each time side of the DG. the load is also curtailed if a fault occurs on interval Tj. To do so. for the load points located on the down stream the island IPi caused by outage of section SEi .

i>Li) is calculated using load duration curve and the DG resource Fig. December 2008 So. Fifteenth National Power Systems Conference (NPSC). The failure rate of each section The second part of the islanding probability reflects the and its load are assumed to be proportional to the section possibility of generating this amount of power due to DG length. that is: SECTION DATA IPH j . On the other hand. 3 Distribution Test System probability distribution functions. Section loads are given in per unit based on the feeder component situation. The peak load of the feeder is assumed to be 4 MW enough components in "up" state to generate the required and the total DG power is 2 MW. IIT Bombay. this part can be neglected and replaced by one Distribution Test System Reliability data for all feeder in calculations. Therefore. since it was assumed that generating units. the DG output does not change within the time interval Tj . sections are given in Table I. j IPBi . If the DG is modeled as the central station. the probability of maintaining an island in the time interval Tj due to failure in section is : IPi .the probability of generating Gj has to be multiplied by the TABLE I probability of not to transfer to lower capacity level.i P PDG t G j P NT . this means that there are peak load. The DG has 2 identical amount power. j IPH i . j (16) The first part of islanding probability reflects the probability that the DG generation is greater than the island load (PGj.

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50 0.u) time period of interest. The analysis done for days and the 0-6 0.u) (MW) some representative days. which consists of 7 sections.1111 100 rate of transition to KLJKHUJHQHUDWLRQOHYHOVDQGȜ*.1111 100 SE7 7 0. The islanding probability is TABLE II calculated and resulting load point failure rates and outage DG RELIABILTTY DATA time are also obtained. 0. 1 U L.10 The load duration data is given in Table III in which the feeder NTI load for a sample day is presented.50 2.0 results are then weighted according to the occurrence number 6-12 0.95 1. A distribution test mean value.3.k (20) TABLE III LOAD DURATION DATA where. NTI is the number of short-term time intervals designed in the interested period of time.30 1 O L.0325 5 0. the period can be Basic reliability date of the DG are shown in Table II divided into several shot-term time interval and the analysis is performed for each time interval.1950 5 0.k (19) 1.0650 5 0.00 1.1111 100 where (PDG •*J) is the probability that the DG generation is SE2 2 0.0 0.2 0.25 1. the mean value of the resource power is given. For each time interval.00 0.0325 5 0. P(NT) is the probability that DG SE3 3 0. system is shown in Fig. [1  (O Gj  O Gj )T j ] (18) (f/yr) (hr) SE1 1 0.8 0. 3 470 . To do the analysis for an interested period of time.60 0.k NTI ¦U j 1 L.00 4.1300 5 0.2222 200 equal or greater than Gj .0 18-24 1.0556 50 of transition to lower generation levels.75 3.0650 5 0. 7 load points and one DG which is installed on the 4th section. Table IV shows the DG resource distribution for different time METHOD OF APPLICATION intervals.0 proposed technique is examined on using a test system for a period of 24 hours.k NTI ¦O j 1 L. SE6 6 0.0556 50 Both generation probability and transmission rates can be obtained using the frequency and duration approach [9].(f/yr) average failure rate and outage time for each load point in the (p. It is assumed that the resource has the In this section the application of the proposed method to normal distribution and its standard deviation is 10% of its analyze the DG impact is investigated.00 1. If the analysis is to performed Time Interval Feeder Load Feeder Load for a long period.00 NTI 0.0 of each day in a year.0650 5 0. In the next section. the application of the 12-18 0. Ȝ*+ is the SE4 4 0. Fig. it is possible to choose (hr) (p. for example a year.is threat SE5 5 0.3333 300 does not leave its state to a lower generation state. The results are aggregated to find the DG Output Cumulative Probability O (f/yr) O .

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His areas of interest are Simulation of Electrical Machines & Power Electronic Drives and Reliability Engineering. L. He has got three National and International Paper and presented a technical paper in Hong-Kong in 2008... pp A3- 1/A3-6 [8]. J.A. He is a member of Institution of Engineers India) and Indian Society for Technical Education. December 2008 Power Engineering Society Summer Meeting .T. Magazines. Warangal. "Distributed Generation: A Definition" . IIT Bombay.A. Osmania University.E in Industrial Drives & Control from Osmania University.S. Fifteenth National Power Systems Conference (NPSC).V. Hyderabad in 1983 and received M. Italy and U. Daly.. Morrison.94 for best paper.N. Presently he is serving as Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Soder.P. A2-1/A2-13 [9]. Hyderabad in 1998 and received M. He is recipient of Dr.. His areas of interest are Computer Simulation of Power Systems and Reliability Engineering. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Prize. 472 . He graduated in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. E. Vidya Sagar was born in Ankushapur.D in Electrical Engineering in 2002. Osmania University. Dr. 1993 . Electric Power Systems Research Mr. Ackermann. Institution of Engineers (India).Prasad was born in Hyderabad. Hyderabad in 1986. He graduated in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. He has got over 40 publications in National and International Journals. Andhra Pradesh. Chityal (Mandal). P. Andersson. "Understanding the Potential Benefits of Distributed Generation on Power Delivery Systems" IEEE Power Engineering Society Summer Meeting pp.G.E in Power Systems from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. He received his Ph. At present he is serving as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. India in January 1960. Hyderabad in 2004. Conferences & Symposia and presented technical papers in Thailand. in November 1972.