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Electric Power Infrastructure Vulnerabilities to Heat Waves from Climate Change

Abstract Electricity infrastructure vulnerabilities were assessed for future heat waves due to climate change. Critical processes and component relationships were identified and characterized with consideration for the terminal event of service outages, including cascading failures in transmission-level components that can result in blackouts. The most critical dependency identified was the increase in peak electricity demand with higher air temperatures. Historical and future air temperatures were characterized within and across Los Angeles County, California (LAC) and Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona. LAC was identified as more vulnerable to heat waves than Phoenix due to a wider distribution of historical temperatures. Two approaches were devel... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Burillo, Daniel (Author) / Chester, Mikhail V (Advisor) / Ruddell, Benjamin (Committee member) / Johnson, Nathan (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Civil engineering / Statistics / Sustainability / capacity shortages / climate change / electricity infrastructure / extreme heat / peak demand / vulnerabilities assessment
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 261 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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