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TRADEOFFS IN POWER GRID OPERATION DURING A PUBLIC SAFETY POWER SHUTOFF

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Authors
De Abreu, Andrea L.
Subjects
wildfires
power operation
public safety power shutoff
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Alderson, David L., Jr.
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2020-12
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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This thesis considers challenges associated with managing the risk of wildfires caused by electric utilities, specifically the use of deliberate, and potentially widespread, power outages termed Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events. A PSPS event is a way to reduce potential liability in utility-associated wildfires, but it also creates additional dangers and economic hardships for utility customers. This thesis performs three modeling and analysis tasks: (1) it presents an extensive exploratory data analysis on the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) power grid, utility-caused ignitions, and past PSPS events; (2) it develops models to gain insight on the PG&E decision process during PSPS events; and (3) using power outage studies and economic models, it estimates the social cost of PSPS events.
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Thesis
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Operations Research (OR)
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Approved for public release. distribution is unlimited
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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