Energy Sector Vulnerable to Climate Change, U.S. Department of Energy Report Says
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In his speech at Georgetown University last month, President Obama referred to our nation's vulnerabilities to
The U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather report examines current and potential future impacts of these climate trends on the U.S. energy sector.
In particular, researchers have identified several critical issues, including power-plant disruptions due to
Here are some significant details from the report:
- Climate change has created an increased
riskof shutdowns at coal, natural gas and nuclear power plants. Why? Changes in the climate mean decreased water availability -- which affects cooling at thermoelectric power plants, a requirement for operation.
- There are also higher risks to energy infrastructure located along the coasts thanks to sea level rise, the increasing intensity of storms, and higher
storm surgeand flooding.
- Power lines, transformers and electricity distribution systems face increasing risks of physical damage from the hurricanes, storms and wildfires that are growing more frequent and intense.
- Air conditioning costs will rise due to increasing temperatures and heat waves, along with the risks of blackouts and brownouts in regions throughout the country.
To download a PDF of the report, please click here.