Nov. 5, 2007: Report Says Climate Change Could Boost U.S. Electricity Demand
The report also examines energy production, noting that an increase in severe storms could impact energy production and supply, while warming trends could affect energy exploration, production, and transport in Alaska. In addition, sea-level rise could have long-term effects on power plants located along the coast. Changes in precipitation patterns could also have implications for cooling power plants. Any plant that produces steam to drive a turbine requires air or water for cooling, and the report finds that warming of the atmosphere and water in rivers could reduce the efficiencies of these power plants.
Regarding renewable power generation, the report notes that reduced snowfall in mountain areas in the West would mean reduced water supplies for hydroelectric power. However, the report could not reach a definitive conclusion about whether climate change will affect other renewable energy resources, such as solar energy, wind energy, and bioenergy.
Publication date: 11/05/2007