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RSE proposes CIGRE's definition of resilience for power systems

RSE proposes CIGRE's definition of resilience for power systems

RSE team played a leading role in drawing up CIGRE's official publication

Over the last few years, RSE has extensively worked on developing the concept of power system resilience from a theoretical and experimental point of view.

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The first definition of a system ability known as resilience dates back to the seventies and has been used in various fields of knowledge since then. In the electricity sector, a universally agreed definition has not been established yet. Anyway, the current definitions focus on two basic characteristics, namely the ability of a system to absorb and limit the impact of disturbances, and to rapidly recover. Such definitions, however, fail to include other fundamental dimensions of this term and to provide stakeholders with a shared concept.

Experts from RSE - Emanuele Ciapessoni, Diego Cirio and Andrea Pitto, from the Energy System Development Department - supported the creation of a special group at CIGRE, a well-known international organisation dealing with electricity systems. In fact CIGRE has acknowledged that power system operation and planning must include a proper assessment of the risks due to the system exposure to natural and man-made hazards.

The publication on CIGRE's official magazine “Electra” of the definition of resilience with a key contribution from the team of RSE experts paves the way to a shared concept of resilience and its applications.

This is a substantial step towards the set-up of a rigorous framework for this system ability that is becoming increasingly important for operators and regulatory authorities, both in Italy and abroad.


The work group C4.47 at CIGRE [Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Électriques] - Task 1: Definition of Power system resilience established the official definition published in the Reference Paper  contained in issue no. 306 (October 2019) of its  magazine “Electra “.

The link to the paper is provided hereunder.