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Sustainability 2017, 9(2), 230; doi:10.3390/su9020230

Impacts of Natural Disasters on Swedish Electric Power Policy: A Case Study

School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Espoo 02150, Finland
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Received: 23 December 2016 / Revised: 2 February 2017 / Accepted: 4 February 2017 / Published: 8 February 2017
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The future of climate and sustainable energy are interrelated. Speaking of one without mentioning the other is quite difficult. The increasing number of natural disasters pose a great threat to the electric power supply security in any part of the world. Sweden has been one of the countries that have suffered from unacceptably long blackouts. The tremendous outcomes of the power interruptions have made the field of the economic worth of electric power reliability a popular area of interest among researchers. Nature has been the number one enemy against the supply security of the electricity. This paper introduces a recent and thorough electric power reliability analysis of Sweden and focuses on the country’s struggle against climate change-related natural disasters via updating the country’s electric power policy to improve its service quality. The paper highlights the Gudrun storm of 2005 as a case study to demonstrate the severe impacts of extreme weather events on the energy systems. The economic damage of the storm on the electric power service calculated to be around 3 billion euros. View Full-Text
Keywords: reliability; policy; climate; storm; power; interruption; Sweden reliability; policy; climate; storm; power; interruption; Sweden
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Gündüz, N.; Küfeoğlu, S.; Lehtonen, M. Impacts of Natural Disasters on Swedish Electric Power Policy: A Case Study. Sustainability 2017, 9, 230.

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