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Atmosphere 2017, 8(11), 209;

Impact of Cold Waves and Heat Waves on the Energy Production Sector

EPhysLab, Universidade de Vigo, 32004 Vigo, Spain
REDE, Universidade de Vigo, 32004 Vigo, Spain
FSR-Climate, European University Institute, I-50133 Florence, Italy
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), 28040 Madrid, Spain
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 5 July 2017 / Revised: 9 October 2017 / Accepted: 20 October 2017 / Published: 27 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Temperature Extremes and Heat/Cold Waves)
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Cold and heat waves represent a significant problem for the electricity generation sector. The disruptions cold and heat waves can cause in power production are beyond their consumption impacts through, for instance, higher peak demand. Unexpected stops at thermal or nuclear power plants by excessively high-temperature water constitute clear examples of this. In this invited paper, we use past case studies to analyze the impact of these kinds of events on power production. Subsequently we discuss how events of this nature may evolve over the future in view of their association to climate change. Although the review is not exhaustive, we do expose some ideas that may be relevant for decision making in this area View Full-Text
Keywords: extreme temperatures; heat waves; cold waves; energy; power extreme temperatures; heat waves; cold waves; energy; power

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Añel, J.A.; Fernández-González, M.; Labandeira, X.; López-Otero, X.; De la Torre, L. Impact of Cold Waves and Heat Waves on the Energy Production Sector. Atmosphere 2017, 8, 209.

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