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Electric power systems


Computer Engineering | Computer Sciences | Electrical and Computer Engineering


Driven by smart distribution technologies, by the widespread use of distributed generation sources, and by the injection of new loads, such as electric vehicles, distribution networks are evolving from passive to active. The integration of distributed generation, including renewable distributed generation changes the power flow of a distribution network from unidirectional to bi-directional. The adoption of electric vehicles makes the management of distribution networks even more challenging. As such, an active network management has to be fulfilled by taking advantage of the emerging techniques of control, monitoring, protection, and communication to assist distribution network operators in an optimal manner. This article presents a short review of recent advancements and identifies emerging technologies and future development trends to support active management of distribution networks.


This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Electric Power Components and Systems in March 2014, available online:



Publisher Citation

J. Zhao, C. Wang, B. Zhao, F. Lin, Q. Zhou, and Y. Wang, “A review of active management for distribution networks: current status and future development trends,” Electric Power Components and Systems, vol. 42, no. 3-4, pp. 1-14, March 2014.

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