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Seattle Times cites Nateghi article

Seattle Times cites Nateghi article

Power plant under flood (via Seattle Times)
The Seattle Times recently quoted Assistant Professor Roshanak Nateghi’s article “Critical Assessment of the Foundations of Power Transmission and Distribution Reliability Metrics and Standards”.

The Times states:

“A study published in the journal Risk Analysis in May [2015] found that the U.S. power grid is increasingly blacking out when hit with severe weather, and lags behind other developed nations in terms of reliability.”

“I think it is an open question as to whether utilities are investing enough in the infrastructure needed to harden the system against storms, and on simple but effective things like tree trimming,” said Roshanak Nateghi, the report’s lead author and a professor at Purdue University.”

Nateghi’s Risk Analysis article introduction explains:

“The electric power system is one of the most complex manmade technical systems in the world. Ensuring the reliability of the electric power system is crucial because the functioning of most other critical infrastructures is heavily dependent upon it.” [Risk Analysis, 2016 Jan, 36(1), 4-15. DOI: 10.1111/risa.12401.]

The authors conclude by noting that, although some argue that the costs of improved grid reliability are too high, research has shown that the costs of repeated customer interruptions and system repairs are far greater. 

Risk Analysis: An International Journal is published by the nonprofit Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, scholarly, international society that provides an open forum for all who are interested in risk analysis.

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