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The System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI)[1] is commonly used as a reliability indicator by electric power utilities. SAIFI is the average number of interruptions that a customer would experience, and is calculated as

where is the failure rate, is the number of customers for location and is the total number of customers served. In other words,

SAIFI is measured in units of interruptions per customer. It is usually measured over the course of a year, and according to IEEE Standard 1366-1998 the median value for North American utilities is approximately 1.10 interruptions per customer.


  1. ^ "Distribution System Reliability Evaluation". Iowa State University. Archived from the original on 26 December 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.

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