A nice summary on this from a report by NERC (Organization of US electrical grid operators). I summarise even further:

Weather extremes (e.g. heat waves) cause peaks. Long sustained states like drought endanger operation of facilities, e.g. water-cooled generation plants. Drouhgts, specifically, are bad for hydro-generation. Storms break things in the grid (the U.S. has lots more overland lines in the low voltage levels of their grid, so they are more exposed to this than Europe is). Renewables like solar and wind are also partly caused by climate change (they are a supposed solution), but if they are growing in percentage, they also make it harder to operate the grid.


07 Jun 2013 - 17:44
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