Cost of Power Interruptions to Electricity Consumers in the United States (U.S.)

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The massive electric power blackout in the northeastern U.S.and Canada on August 14-15, 2003 catalyzed discussions about modernizingthe U.S. electricity grid. Industry sources suggested that investments of$50 to $100 billion would be needed. This work seeks to better understandan important piece of information that has been missing from thesediscussions: What do power interruptions and fluctuations in powerquality (power-quality events) cost electricity consumers? We developed abottom-up approach for assessing the cost to U.S. electricity consumersof power interruptions and power-quality events (referred to collectivelyas "reliability events"). The approach can be used to help assess thepotential benefits of investments in improving the reliability ... continued below

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Hamachi LaCommare, Kristina & Eto, Joseph H. February 16, 2006.

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The massive electric power blackout in the northeastern U.S.and Canada on August 14-15, 2003 catalyzed discussions about modernizingthe U.S. electricity grid. Industry sources suggested that investments of$50 to $100 billion would be needed. This work seeks to better understandan important piece of information that has been missing from thesediscussions: What do power interruptions and fluctuations in powerquality (power-quality events) cost electricity consumers? We developed abottom-up approach for assessing the cost to U.S. electricity consumersof power interruptions and power-quality events (referred to collectivelyas "reliability events"). The approach can be used to help assess thepotential benefits of investments in improving the reliability of thegrid. We developed a new estimate based on publicly availableinformation, and assessed how uncertainties in these data affect thisestimate using sensitivity analysis.

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  • Journal Name: Energy: The International Journal; Journal Volume: 31; Journal Issue: 12; Related Information: Journal Publication Date: 09/2006

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  • Report No.: LBNL--58164
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Hamachi LaCommare, Kristina & Eto, Joseph H. Cost of Power Interruptions to Electricity Consumers in the United States (U.S.), article, February 16, 2006; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc886740/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.