Grid Segmentation Research

Research Projects Completed:

DCI – EPRI collaborative research:
  • Proof of Concept – 2006
  • Emerging Grid Reliability Improvement Technologies – 2007
  • Assessment of Grid Reliability Benefits and Transfer Gains with Segmentation – 2009
DCI – BPA research:
  • Phase I – Western Interconnect Segmentation Completed in October 2009.
  • Phase II – planned for 2010.

Proven Concept:

DCI’s R&D efforts in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Bonneville Power Administration have demonstrated the effectiveness of grid segmentation as a means to substantially reduce the risks of cascading and blackouts. The proof-of-concept results were published in Power and Energy Magazine in 2008 and again in 2010.