Obtaining statistics of cascading line outages spreading in an electric transmission network from standard utility data Articles uri icon

publication date

  • November 2016

start page

  • 4831

end page

  • 4841


  • 6


  • 31

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-8950

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-0679


  • We show how to use standard transmission line outage historical data to obtain the network topology in such a way that cascades of line outages can be easily located on the network. Then we obtain statistics quantifying how cascading outages typically spread on the network. Processing real outage data is fundamental for understanding cascading and for evaluating the validity of the many different models and simulations that have been proposed for cascading in power networks.


  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Physics
  • Renewable Energies


  • power system reliability; complex networks; power-system; propagation; blackouts; dynamics; mitigation; model