Failures: Survival vs. Prevention"
Talukdar, Jay Apt, Marija Ilic, Lester B. Lave, and M. Granger Morgan
Measures can be taken to reduce the number of large-scale power
losses due to failures of the generation and high voltage transmission grid
such as the August 14, 2003 blackout. However, such failures cannot be
eliminated. The survival of essential missions is a more tractable problem
than the prevention of all large cascading failures, and its solutions are
verifiable. We propose that serious attention be directed towards assuring the
continuation of essential missions even after the grid has failed. We outline
a program to lower the social costs of power failures through successful
preservation of those essential missions.
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