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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 22, Number 1, December 2008

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Volume 22, Number 1, December 2008

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Resilience of Electric Power Substation Equipment is Focus of Latest MCEER-Industry Studies

Bonneville Power Administration and California Energy Commission Provide $1.2 M in Support


Substations are critical components of electrical transmission systems, which should remain operational following a disaster.

MCEER researchers are working on a series of studies supported by $1.2 million from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the California Energy Commission (CEC). The research is part of MCEER’s thrust area on infrastructure systems and public policy. It continues a long-time MCEER focus on the seismic resilience of electric power substation equipment. The projects are led by Andrei Reinhorn, in collaboration with Andre Filiatrault and Michael Constantinou, all from the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo. A project advisory committee comprising industry participants will provide continuing guidance to the research program. Individual projects will focus on the following: