California’s Electricity System At Risk of Climate-Related Flooding, Fires

January 3, 2013

By the end of the century, temperatures in California are expected to rise significantly. What that means for human health, agriculture and a range of other spheres is being studied by experts, but what it will mean for our electricity system had not been examined until now, in an analysis by Lab researchers Larry Dale, Jayant Sathaye and others from the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. As climate change is expected to bring hotter and longer heat waves, more frequent wildfires and rising sea levels, our power plants, transmission lines and substations will be at greater risk of damage and inefficiencies. More>

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