# An initial model fo complex dynamics in electric power system blackouts

@article{Dobson2001AnIM, title={An initial model fo complex dynamics in electric power system blackouts}, author={Ian Dobson and Benjam{\'i}n A. Carreras and Vickie E. Lynch and David E. Newman}, journal={Proceedings of the 34th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences}, year={2001}, pages={710-718} }

We define a model for the evolution of a long series of electric power transmission system blackouts. The model describes opposing forces, which have been conjectured to cause self-organized criticality in power system blackouts. There is a slow time scale representing the opposing forces of load growth and growth in system capacity and a fast time scale representing cascading line overloads and outages. The time scales are coupled: load growth leads to outages and outages lead to increased…

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