Definition: Automated Distribution Circuit Switches

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Automated Distribution Circuit Switches

Distribution circuit switches that can be operated automatically in response to control signals from local sensors, distribution automation systems, or grid control systems. Such switches can be installed as automated devices or existing equipment can be retrofitted with controls and communications. The degree of automation depends on the controls and communications system implemented. These switches can be opened or closed to isolate portions of a distribution circuit that has experienced a short circuit (fault), or must be taken out of service for maintenance or other operations. When used in combination, these switches can reroute power from other substations or nearby distribution circuits.[1]


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