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Cascading impacts and escalations in wide-area power failures: A summary for emergency planners

Source(s):  London Resilience Partnership
University College London (UCL)

This report aims to provide a synthetic overview of the cascading effects caused by wide-area power failures, and to define the recurrent impacts and sources of escalation. It provides a reference for the training and the situational awareness of decision makers and emergency operators. 

The following topics have been developed:

  • A definition of cascading effects.
  • An introduction for of wide area power failures (PF) policies and practices.
  • Illustrative examples.
  • A table listing cascading effects and escalations caused by wide area PF.
  • Resources for training and essential references for further reading. 



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  • Cascading impacts and escalations in wide-area power failures: A summary for emergency planners
  • Publication date 2017
  • Author(s) Pescaroli, G.; Turner, S.; Gould, T.; Alexander, D.; Wicks, R.
  • Number of pages 16 p.

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