New research can help electric utilities account for climate change

Kotzebue Electric Association’s 576-kilowatt solar farm is the largest remote solar farm in Alaska. Credit: Amanda Byrd

Researchers have devised a method to determine the impact of climate change on the supply and variability of local renewable energy.

An increase in unusual weather patterns related to climate change means the demand for power and the availability of solar, hydro and wind energy can all become more variable.
The method by researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and in Spain will help local energy planners determine the optimal mix of renewable energy sources and energy storage needs.
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