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Title: Analytic Considerations and Design Basis for the IEEE Distribution Test Feeders

For nearly 20 years the Test Feeder Working Group of the Distribution System Analysis Subcommittee has been developing openly available distribution test feeders for use by researchers. The purpose of these test feeders is to provide models of distribution systems that reflect the wide diversity in design and their various analytic challenges. Because of their utility and accessibility, the test feeders have been used for a wide range of research, some of which has been outside the original scope of intended uses. This paper provides an overview of the existing distribution feeder models and clarifies the specific analytic challenges that they were originally designed to examine. Additionally, the paper will provide guidance on which feeders are best suited for various types of analysis. The purpose of this paper is to provide the original intent of the Working Group and to provide the information necessary so that researchers may make an informed decision on which of the test feeders are most appropriate for their work.
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  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  3. Imperial College of Science, London (United Kingdom)
  4. Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, MI (United States)
  5. Milsoft Utility Solution, Abilene, TX (United States)
  6. Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)
  7. Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
  8. Federal Univ. of Juiz De Fora (Brazil)
  9. Electric Power Research Inst. (EPRI), Knoxville, TN (United States)
  10. Austrian Inst. of Technology, Vienna (Austria)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0885-8950
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
IEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 33; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 0885-8950
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
Country of Publication:
United States
24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; distribution system analysis; power simulation; power modeling; smart grid
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