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Impacts of climate change on the electricity sector and possible adaptation measures

  • Benno Rothstein
  • Marion Schroedter-Homscheidt
  • Claudia Häfner
  • Susanne Bernhardt
  • Solveig Mimler

Abstract

Climate change is becoming an increasingly relevant factor in the planning processes of electricity companies since it affects all areas of the electricity sector, from production via distribution to consumption. It is of paramount importance for electricity companies to define adaptation measures in this new context so as to limit their risks and financial losses.

In the framework of the CLIMAGY project vulnerabilities of electricity companies in the course of climate change are assessed and possible adaptation measures are identified. In close cooperation with Electricité de France (EDF) and Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW), several questionnaires were designed and about 80 experts in key positions were polled.First results show that, on the one hand, the electricity sector is being affected by climate change and weather risks in almost all business units (e.g. water availability for electricity generation). On the other hand, several options for actions are already being developed to help reduce the described impacts. One of the conclusions is that it is necessary to carry out research on the way electricity companies should deal with the remaining uncertainties of future climate change.

Keywords

Adaptation vulnerabilities energy electricity climate change extreme weather events 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benno Rothstein
    • 1
  • Marion Schroedter-Homscheidt
    • 2
  • Claudia Häfner
    • 3
  • Susanne Bernhardt
    • 2
  • Solveig Mimler
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Applied Forest Sciences Schadenweilerhof72108 Rottenburg am Neckar
  2. 2.German Aerospace Center (DLR) German Remote Sensing Data Center82234 WesslingGermany
  3. 3.European Institute for Energy Research (EIfER) Electricité de France/Universität Karlsruhe76131 KarlsruheGermany

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