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Introduction

  • Roy Billinton
  • Ronald N. Allan
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Abstract

Electric power systems are extremely complex. This is due to many factors, some of which are sheer physical size, widely dispersed geography, national and international interconnections, flows that do not readily follow the transportation routes wished by operators but naturally follow physical laws, the fact that electrical energy cannot be stored efficiently or effectively in large quantities, unpredicted system behavior at one point of the system can have a major impact at large distances from the source of trouble, and many other reasons. These factors are well known to power system engineers and managers and therefore they are not discussed in depth in this book. The historical development of and current scenarios within power companies is, however, relevant to an appreciation of why and how to evaluate the reliability of complex electric power systems.

Keywords

Power System Reliability Index Reliability Evaluation Functional Zone Reliability Cost 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roy Billinton
    • 1
  • Ronald N. Allan
    • 2
  1. 1.College of EngineeringUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Institute of Science and TechnologyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterEngland

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