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A new academic paper has been published that looks at the cascading impacts of wide-area power outages. Supported by London Resilience, the paper has been written by the Cascading Disasters Research Group of UCL’s Institute For Risk And Disaster Reduction.

‘Cascading effects and escalations in wide-area power failures’ aims to “provide a synthetic overview of the cascading effects caused by wide-area power failures, and to define the recurrent impacts and sources of escalation.”

The format uses bullet points and examples to facilitate reading in conditions of limited availability of time.

Contents include:

  • A definition of cascading effects.
  • An introduction for of wide area power failures policies and practices.
  • Illustrative examples.
  • A table listing cascading effects and escalations caused by wide area power failures.
  • Resources for training and essential references for further reading.

Read the document (PDF).

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