|Title||Complex Systems Approach to Cascading Failures|
|Year of Publication||2001|
|Authors||Benjamin A Carreras, Ian Dobson, James S Thorp|
|Keywords||AA01-001, AARD, CERTS, System Security Tools|
This document is the first year report of a two-year CERTS (Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions) project studying large scale blackouts and cascading failures of electric power transmission systems. The project is inventing new methods, models and analysis tools from complex systems, self-organized criticality, probability, and power systems engineering so that the risks of large blackouts and cascading failures can be understood and mitigated from novel global and top-down perspectives. The work is performed by close collaboration between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Power Systems Engineering Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University.