Analysis of the blackout risk reduction when segmenting large power systems using lines with controllable power flow Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2023

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 9


  • 108947


  • 148

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0142-0615

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-3517


  • Large electrical transmission networks are susceptible to undergo very large blackouts due to cascading failures, with a very large associated economical cost. In this work we propose segmenting large power grids using controllable lines, such as high-voltage direct-current lines, to reduce the risk of blackouts. The method consists in modifying the power flowing through the lines interconnecting different zones during cascading failures in order to minimize the load shed. As a result, the segmented grids have a substantially lower risk of blackouts than the original network, with reductions up to 60% in some cases. The control method is shown to be specially efficient in reducing blackouts affecting more than one zone.


  • Electronics
  • Physics
  • Telecommunications


  • grid resilience; opa model; power transmission grid; hvdc lines; grid segmentation; blackout risk control; stochastic processes