Voltage Control in Distributed Generation under Measurement Falsification Attacks

Mingxiao Ma, André Herdeiro Teixeira, Jan van den Berg, Peter Palensky

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Low-voltage distribution grids experience a rising penetration of inverter-based, distributed generation. In order to not only contribute to but also solve voltage problems, these inverters are increasingly asked to participate in intelligent grid controls. Communicating inverters implement distributed voltage droop controls. The impact of cyber-attacks to the stability of such distributed grid controls is poorly researched and therefore addressed in this article. We characterize the potential impact of several attack scenarios by employing the positivity and diagonal dominance properties. In particular, we discuss measurement falsification scenarios where the attacker corrupts voltage measurement data received by the voltage droop controllers. Analytical, control-theoretic methods for assessing the impact on system stability and voltage magnitude are presented and validated via simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8379-8384
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Cyber security
  • distribution network
  • risk assessment
  • stability
  • voltage control


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