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EL.ADAPT: Impacts of Climate Change on Electricity Demand (2012)


Power generation is not only an important source of carbon emissions, it is also vulnerable to climate change both due to the growing share of renewables and due to temperature related changes in seasonal demand patterns. The project El.Adapt investigates the climate change impacts on the electricity industry and the influence of adaptation strategies on the Austrian and continental Europe economies up to 2050. In this contribution, we provide information on the shift from electricity demand for heating services in winter to electricity demand for cooling services in summer by (1) using four different climate scenarios from the ENSEMBLES project, (2) doing calculations for 16 continental European countries, and (3) working with daily load data from ENTSO-E.

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Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz

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