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This paper presents the application of tabu search (TS) as meta-heuristic method for network reconfiguration problems in radial distribution system (RDS). This work has been tested on 33-bus RDS with five tie lines. The main advantage of TS with respect to conventional genetic algorithm and simulation annealing lies in the intelligent use of the past history of the search to influence its future search procedures. The effectiveness of the proposed method is demonstrated on typical network reconfiguration problems. The results reveal the speed and effectiveness of the proposed method for solving the problem.