Introduction to Blackouts



Power system blackout means that a larger area of consumers of electrical energy is left without electrical energy for a determined duration of time. Power system blackouts have become a phenomenon that seems to be more important. The importance of blackouts is large, because their economical and their technical consequences may grow up. Larger and larger consequences are mostly connected with the increased complexity of the systems. The probability of future blackouts is very low and difficult to predict. Their impact can be destructible. Review of selected recent blackouts is presented with emphasis on their causes and consequences in this chapter. Estimation of the future risks connected with blackouts is an important task, not only to prevent huge economic damage but also to protect human lives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Electrical EngineeringUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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