High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse and the Bulk Power System: Potential Impacts and Mitigation Strategies

Published: Wednesday, 01 May 2019 08:34

A detailed report by the US Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)  has been published which looks at the threat of the detonation of a nuclear weapon at high altitude or in space. The associated intense electromagnetic pulse (EMP) referred to as a high-altitude EMP, or HEMP, could result in widespread impacts on land-based technological systems such as the electric power grid.

There are extreme differences in views among experts regarding the potential impacts of a HEMP on the electric power grid and the potential societal implications, and the report presents the findings of a three-year research project to investigate the threat and to identify possible options for mitigating impacts.

The High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse and the Bulk Power System: Potential Impacts and Mitigation Strategies report is available after free registration at https://www.epri.com/#/pages/product/3002014979/