The next generation of power distribution systems

G. T. Heydt

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This paper summarizes diverse concepts for the next generation of power distribution system. The objective is to bring distribution engineering more closely aligned to smart grid philosophy. Issues of design, operation, and control are discussed with regard to new system theoretic as well as component/materials advances. In particular, two transmission engineering techniques are modified for use in distribution engineering: state estimation, and locational marginal pricing. The impact of electronic control in distribution systems is discussed. Because education and training have a great impact on distribution engineering, these topics are discussed as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5613971
Pages (from-to)225-235
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Direct digital control
  • distribution engineering
  • energy management
  • locational marginal prices
  • power delivery
  • power distribution systems
  • power engineering training
  • smart grid
  • state estimation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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