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A Summary of the Recent Extreme Weather Events and Their Impacts on Electricity

Sinan Küfeoğlu(1*), Samuel Prittinen(2), Matti Lehtonen(3)

(1) Aalto University, School of Electrical Engineering, Espoo, Finland
(2) Aalto University, School of Electrical Engineering, Espoo, Finland
(3) Aalto University, School of Electrical Engineering, Espoo, Finland
(*) Corresponding author



North America and Europe have been benefiting of high level of electric power reliability thanks to their robust transmission and distribution systems. Nonetheless, due to the increasing number of extreme weather events, such as; hurricanes, floods and winter storms, there have been many large scale black outs during the last decade. As the societies get more and more dependent to the continuous electric power, the consequences of power interruptions get bigger. This paper summarizes the impacts of some major extreme weather events on the electricity and focuses on the Storm Gudrun of 2005 in Sweden. Protection practices of the electric power infrastructure against natural hazards are presented. Moreover, the changes in the Swedish electricity law regulating the customer compensation scheme due to experiences of Gudrun are briefed.
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Reliability; Disaster; Hurricane; Storm; Electricity; Compensation

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