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The effect of weather on grid systems and the reliability of electricity supply

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  • David Ward

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    A reliable public electricity supply depends in part on a reliable electricity grid system to transmit and distribute electrical power from generating stations to consumers. The grid system comprises many components that are exposed to the weather and can experience faults as a result of weather events. As climate change is expected to alter the number and severity of weather events, then the reliability of the grid and hence the reliability of electricity supplies can be affected. This paper reviews the effects of weather events on grid systems, illustrated by reference to experience on the grid systems in Europe and North America. It is shown that the effects on the high voltage transmission networks are different from the effects on lower voltage distribution networks and that generally the most significant extreme weather is high winds. Some remedial measures that can mitigate the effects of weather events are also described. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Climatic Change.

    Volume (Year): 121 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 (November)
    Pages: 103-113

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:climat:v:121:y:2013:i:1:p:103-113
    DOI: 10.1007/s10584-013-0916-z
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    1. Hines, Paul & Apt, Jay & Talukdar, Sarosh, 2009. "Large blackouts in North America: Historical trends and policy implications," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(12), pages 5249-5259, December.
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