Assessing the impact of insufficient situation awareness on power system operation

Mathaios Panteli, Peter A. Crossley, Daniel S. Kirschen, Dejan J. Sobajic

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Situation awareness is a key factor in preserving power system security, as it enables effective and timely decision-making and reactions by the operators to an incident. Insufficient situation awareness results in a delayed, incorrect or deficient response, endangering power system stability. This factor was actually identified as one of the main causes of several electrical disturbances in the last decade. This paper identifies numerous factors that govern the formation of situation awareness in a power system control center. A multi-state model based on Markov modeling is proposed for assessing the impact of insufficient situation awareness on the probability of power system blackouts. The proposed model considers the level of situation awareness and the state of the information infrastructure. The workings of this model are illustrated using the IEEE 24-bus Reliability Test System.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6457435
Pages (from-to)2967-2977
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Power system blackouts
  • power system operation
  • power system security
  • situation awareness


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