A model centric approach for Monte Carlo simulation for evaluating the economic and reliability benefits of automated switches for storm restoration is presented. A very detailed circuit model with over 20,000 individual customers modeled is used in the simulation. The simulation uses non-constant equipment failure rates based upon actual utility measurements. As part of the Monte Carlo storm simulation, a reconfiguration for restoration algorithm is employed in determining the response to each outage. The reconfiguration for restoration algorithm can work with either manual or automated switches, or both. System reliability with and without automated switching devices is investigated. Cost benefits as well as reliability benefits are considered.

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