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Statler College of Engineering and Mining Resources


Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering


Controlled islanding is considered to be the last countermeasure to prevent a system-wide blackout in case of cascading failures. It splits the system into self-sustained islands to maintain transient stability at the expense of possible loss of load. Generator coherence identification is critical to controlled islanding scheme as it helps identify the optimal cut-set to maintain the transient stability of the post-islanding systems. This paper presents a novel approach for online generator coherency identification using phasor measurement unit (PMU) data and dynamic time warping (DTW). Results from the coherence identification are used to further cluster non-generator buses using spectral clustering with the objective of minimizing power flow disruptions. The proposed approach is validated and compared to existing methods on the IEEE 39-bus system and WECC 179-bus system, through which its advantages are demonstrated.

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Banna, H.U., Yu, Z., Shi, D. et al. Online coherence identification using dynamic time warping for controlled islanding. J. Mod. Power Syst. Clean Energy 7, 38–54 (2019).


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