Analysing societal vulnerability to perturbations in electric distribution systems

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Abstract

Reliable electrical power supply is a requirement for the modern society, therefore it is important to analyse the vulnerability of the electric power system. Network analysis has previously been used to analyse the vulnerability of electric transmission systems, however recent events in Sweden have shown that perturbations in distribution systems also can cause severe societal consequences. Thus, we argue that vulnerability analysis at the distribution level is equally important. Furthermore, previous work has focused on technical aspects of the system and in this paper we take a step towards incorporating societal aspects of vulnerability by suggesting new network analytic measures. We analyse the distribution systems in two Swedish municipalities using the proposed measures. We conclude that the proposed measures can increase the value of using network analysis when analysing societal vulnerability to perturbations in electric distribution systems and that such analysis also can be useful in emergency mitigation and preparedness planning.

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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
  • Building Technologies
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Other Civil Engineering

Keywords

  • Societal Vulnerability, Power System, Network Analysis, Infrastructure
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Workshop on Complex Network and Infrastructure Protection
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventInternational Workshop on Complex Network and Infrastructure Protection, 2006 - Rome, Rome, Italy
Duration: 2006 Mar 282006 Mar 29

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ConferenceInternational Workshop on Complex Network and Infrastructure Protection, 2006
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period2006/03/282006/03/29