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The topological (graph) structure of complex networks often provides valuable information about the performance and vulnerability of the network. However, there are multiple ways to represent a given network as a graph. Electric power transmission and distribution networks have a topological structure that is straightforward to represent and analyze as a(More)
Numerous recent papers have found important relationships between network structure and risks within networks. These results indicate that network structure can dramatically affect the relative effectiveness of risk identification and mitigation methods. With this in mind this paper provides a comparative analysis of the topological and electrical structure(More)
This paper describes results from the analysis of two approaches to blackout risk analysis in electric power systems. In the first analysis, we compare two topological (graph-theoretic) methods for finding vulnerable locations in a power grid, to a simple model of cascading outage. This comparison indicates that topological models can lead to misleading(More)
Numerous recent reports have assessed the adequacy of current generating capacity to meet the growing electricity demand from Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and the potential for using these vehicles to provide grid support (Vehicle to Grid, V2G) services. However, little has been written on how these new loads will affect the medium and(More)
Within the energy sector, two of the most tightly coupled systems are natural gas and electric power. The recent advent of cheap gas extraction technologies have only driven these systems more tightly together. Despite their interconnections, in many areas of the world these systems are operated and managed in isolation. This separation is due to a number(More)
Large blackouts are economically costly and socially disruptive, but in some cases can also be beneficial to investors in publicly-traded utilities. Large blackouts, particularly those that damage capital equipment, can increase future cash flows of utilities if replacement capital expenditures are permitted to be included in the rate base. The semi-strong(More)