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Trial Application I – Authority Perspective

Start date or Starting Event: 21



This WP uses the DSS to determine the vulnerabilities of the grid and cost-benefit ratios of the proposed measures for its protection. The analyses are carried out from the perspective of an authority and further requirements about the output from the DSS are reported by an authority (e-Control, Austria).

As already explained in the section “Objectives” of work package 1, all deliverables will be examined regarding their potential security sensitiveness by the Security Consulting Board. For more details on the tasks of the SCB see section 2.1.2.

Output of WP6 that is used as input for WP5:

  • Feedback catalogue for refinement of DSS


Description of work

  • Task 6.1 – Scenario Definition (Leading Partner: Delo)
    In this work step a number of blackout scenarios are defined. These definitions follow the incidents as analysed is Task 1.2. The scenarios include likely as well as unlikely origins of blackouts.
    The following sub-steps are needed:
    • identification of the key infrastructures (substations) that might be the target of a physical attack
    • the prospect of attacks by tampering the control system itself
    • role of malfunctions of distributed control systems like intelligent protections or WAMS
    • role of concomitant events (e.g. forest fires, storms, unavailability of key power sources or supplies).

  • Task 6.2 – Effectiveness of the Countermeasures (Leading Partner: Delo)
    In this work step the effectiveness of the countermeasures suggested by the DSS is tested on the cascading paths of the simulated blackouts defined in WP 6.1. The emphasis in this analytical step is placed on the amount of lost load and lost economic values that could be avoided by a certain countermeasure – compared to the current situation.
    The difference of the impact of the simulated incidents is then compared for the status-quo grid and for the protected grid (as suggested by the DSS). Thereof the benefit (i.e. the mitigated monetized damage) of the countermeasures can be compared with the estimated costs of their implementation. Thereby a decision whether to implement the measure or not is rationalised.

  • Task 6.3 – Conclusions of an Authority (Leading Partner: Ecrtl)
    The output of Tasks 6.2 is reviewed by a regulatory authority; E-Control – Austria. They conclude where the delivered information is sufficient for rational decisions regarding investments in the critical infrastructure and where (and which) additional information is required. This is then formulised as feedback for the refinement of the DSS



This Work packages gives 2 deliverables:

  • Del 6.1– Report on Trial Application I
    In this deliverable the scenarios used in the trial applications are described. Furthermore, the response of the DSS to these scenarios is given.
    Security Sensitive: NO

  • Del 6.2– Feedback Catalogue
    The users (e-Control, Austria) of the DSS in trial application I list their experiences with the system. A catalogue of needed changes (regarding functionality and output quality) is delivered to the implementers of the DSS as input for Task 5.2 (Refinement of DSS).
    Security Sensitive: NO