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Method for estimating power outages and restoration during natural and man-made events

United States Patent

January 5, 2016
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A method of modeling electric supply and demand with a data processor in combination with a recordable medium, and for estimating spatial distribution of electric power outages and affected populations. A geographic area is divided into cells to form a matrix. Within the matrix, supply cells are identified as containing electric substations and demand cells are identified as including electricity customers. Demand cells of the matrix are associated with the supply cells as a function of the capacity of each of the supply cells and the proximity and/or electricity demand of each of the demand cells. The method includes estimating a power outage by applying disaster event prediction information to the matrix, and estimating power restoration using the supply and demand cell information of the matrix and standardized and historical restoration information.
Omitaomu; Olufemi A. (Knoxville, TN), Fernandez; Steven J. (Knoxville, TN)
U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC), UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
13/ 443,943
April 11, 2012
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.