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Power Grid Resiliency for Adverse Conditions

Power Grid Resiliency for Adverse Conditions

By author: Nicholas Abi-Samra
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9781630810177

Print Book £124.00 Qty:
eBook £81.00

Written by a leading expert in the field, this practical book offers a comprehensive understanding of the impact of extreme weather and the possible effects of climate change on the power grid. The impact and restoration of floods, winter storms, wind storms, and hurricanes as well as the effects of heat waves and dry spells on thermal power plants is explained in detail. This book explores proven practices for successful restoration of the power grid, increased system resiliency, and ride-through after extreme weather and provides readers with examples from super storm Sandy.


This book presents the effects of lack of ground moisture on transmission line performance and gives an overview of line insulation coordination, stress-strength analysis, and tower insulation strength, and then provides readers with tangible solutions. Structural hardening of power systems against storms, including wind pressure, wood poles, and vegetation management is covered. Moreover, this book provides suggestions for practical implementations to improve future smart grid resiliency.

  • Nicholas Abi-Samra

    is the president of Electric Power & Energy Consulting (EPEC) and an adjust professor at University of California San Diego. He received his engineering degree from American University of Beirut.


Review by: Saifur Rahman, IEEE Power & Energy Society - September 1, 2017

This book is an excellent reference that documents the fundamentals and theory behind the effects of extreme weather on the power grid. This comprehensive and authoritative reference on the topic of weather-related impacts and resiliency is invaluable for practicing engineers. This can also be used as a textbook for use in university courses. It provides a wealth of case histories, practical examples, detailed analyses, summaries and features over 150 carefully annotated figures. The book covers several areas that were not covered in other textbooks on the market.

Review by: Gerry Cauley, North American Electric Reliability Corporation - September 1, 2017

Abi-Samra has produced an excellent contribution toward understanding power system resilience and how we can build systems that are less susceptible to forces of nature. The analysis is technically sound and well supported by a rich list of citations. The book should be required reading for all power system engineering students. Experienced engineers will gain a lot from the numerous insights presented. And non-technical individuals who just want to understand how the power system works will enjoy a clear and well written story.

Review by: Damir Novosel, Quanta Technology - September 1, 2017

As the electrical power grid and its components are significantly affected by myriad of weather related events, it is electricity that is needed to bring life back to normal. Preventing power outages and, if this is not possible, restoring electrical power as soon as possible during those events are critical aspect of managing the electrical power grid. This book provides valuable information in summarizing many lessons learned from previous extreme weather events that affected the power system. It includes detailed explanations of the impacts of extreme weather and covers applicable industry standards and initiatives. It offers unique insight and practical answers through examples of how power systems can be affected by weather and how countermeasures can be applied to mitigate them.

Review by: Clark Grellings - September 1, 2017

Weather is one of those fundamental unknowns which add the greatest uncertainty to power system planners and operators worlds. Nick Abi-Samra is one of the few engineers who has a thorough understanding of the uncertainty of the timing and severity of weather and its effects on power systems.

Review by: Karl Stahlkopf, SPS Energy & Financial - September 1, 2017

The subject of extreme weather on the grid is one which has not received great attention. However it is a serious problem and will be only getting worse as global warming continues. Abi-Samra has written a siminal work which should be of interest to both policy makers and engineers alike.

Review by: Raymond Lings, Powertech Labs Inc. - September 1, 2017

Nicholas has the enviable talent of processing an in-depth understanding of transmission technology coupled with many years of applying his knowledge and experience to help utilities from every corner of the world better design, manage and operate their transmission systems. Over the decades the focus for transmission asset owners has evolved in concert with ever-changing challenges from increasing transmission voltages to reliability. This shifted to asset management followed by a focus on increasing power flow and more recently to the integration of intermittent renewables. Looking over the horizon for the next challenge, Nicholas has focused on the impact of unpredictable weather patterns. Assumptions about weather underpin many of the key design parameters associated with transmission networks. While these aspects are ever present, in the foreseeable future, the changing weather will drive utilities to reconsider every assumption impacting directly choice of technology, costs, operations and lifecycle management decisions. It will also demand that the design assumptions associated with existing designs be reviewed. This book is therefore very timely.

Review by: Gunnar Heymann, DNV GL Energy - September 1, 2017

DNV GL provides services globally to utilities to safeguard life, property and the environment for a safe and sustainable future. I would like to emphasize from our cooperation - Nicholas Abi-Samra with his deep technical understanding of the T&D business is the right person to provide that comprehensive handbook dealing with the mitigation of extreme weather events. Are we prepared to the increasing stress on the power system by new operational schemes, and extreme weather events? It must be clear a simple app will not help to maintain accustomed reliability level, it is the deep technical understanding of potential risks and how to mitigate them in new designs and operating procedures.

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