Apr 2013
Electricity Distribution
Climate Change Impact On Network Resilience
Apr 2013
Northern Powergrid
Chris Goodhand, Innovation Manager (01977 605641)
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In this project the collaborating DNOs have considered how the frequency of weather related faults on the UK transmission and distribution electricity networks may change in the future as a result of climate change.

The methodologies applied to the various types of weather related faults are detailed in the study report. This project has involved close collaboration between climate scientists and industry experts. The scientific insights that can be gained from appropriate use of climate projections have been combined with the industry experts understanding of the relevant thresholds, procedures and actions involved in managing the impact of weather and climate on the electricity network.

The result is an assessment of projected future risk that can be a useful tool to the electricity sector in developing climate adaptation strategies for the future. In CE Electric UK, for example, the study highlighted the increasing likelihood of lightning storms in the future: therefore this has been taken into consideration in CE Electrics quality of supply strategic analysis.

Future reliability of the distribution and transmission network is important to ensure continuity of service and to minimise unforeseen costs. This work investigated the potential impacts of a changing climate on future network fault numbers. Smart Smarter Networks Portal Grid Distribution National ENA Carbon Renewable Energy Renewables Climate Change Innovation Heat Pump - Ofgem EV LCNF NIA NIC RIIO electric vehicles