This article presents an efficient meta-heuristic method for reconfiguration of distribution systems. A modified Tabu Search (MTS) algorithm is used to reconfigure distribution systems so that active power losses are globally minimized with turning on/off sectionalizing switches. TS algorithm is introduced with some modifications such as using a tabu list with variable size according to the system size. Also, a random multiplicative move is used in the search process to diversify the search toward unexplored regions. The Kirchhoff algebraic method is adopted to check the radial topology of the system. A salient feature of the MTS method is that it can quickly provide a global optimal or near-optimal solution to the network reconfiguration problem. To verify the effectiveness of the proposed approach, the effect of load variation is taken into consideration and comparative studies are conducted on three test systems with rather encouraging results. The obtained results, using the proposed MTS approach, are compared with that obtained using other approaches in the previous work.
- Distribution system reconfiguration,
- Power loss reduction,
- Modified Tabu Search
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