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Exploring Complex Systems Aspects of Blackout Risk and Mitigation

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Exploring Complex Systems Aspects of Blackout Risk and Mitigation
Abstract—Electric power transmission systems are a key infrastructure, and blackouts of these systems have major consequences for the economy and national security. Analyses of blackout data suggest that blackout size distributions have a power law form over much of their range. This result is an indication that blackouts behave as a complex dynamical system. We use a simulation of an upgrading power transmission system to investigate how these complex system dynamics impact the assessment and mitigation of blackout risk. The mitigation of failures in complex systems needs to be approached with care. The mitigation efforts can move the system to a new dynamic equilibrium while remaining near criticality and preserving the power law region. Thus, while the absolute frequency of blackouts of all sizes may be reduced, the underlying forces can still cause the relative frequency of large blackouts to small blackouts to remain the same. Moreover, in some cases, efforts to mitigate small b...
David E. Newman, Benjamin A. Carreras, Vickie E. L
Added 15 May 2011
Updated 15 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where TR
Authors David E. Newman, Benjamin A. Carreras, Vickie E. Lynch, Ian Dobson
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