Adaptation Options and Decision-Support for Electricity Infrastructure Operators under Influence of Extreme Hydro-Meteorological Events

Jeannette Sieber, European Institute for Energy Research


Research showed that recently most of the so-called climate change adaptation “happens†more or less due to the fact that extreme weather has always had an impact on infrastructure and that regulations, standards and rules have been reviewed and updated regularly. Therefore, the impacts of extreme hydro-meteorological events on electricity infrastructure are described in this paper. Afterwards, some of the possible adaptation options, especially for thermal power plant cooling facilities, wind power plants and storage infrastructure, are highlighted. Identification and adaptation leads to a decision-support for power plant operators who have to deal with increased impacts due to shifting intensity and frequency of severe weather events.


electricity infrastructure; climate change; extreme hydro-meteorological events; adaptation options

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