Climate Change Impact On Network Resilience
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.
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