Electricity is very important for human settlements and a key accelerator for development and prosperity. As heat waves become more frequent and intense the reliability and efficiency of the electricity systems is threatened. Increased temperatures have adverse effects on electricity generation, transmission, distribution and demand. The high temperatures cause intentional or unintentional brownouts and blackouts, which come at high costs for people and economies. The case studies in this analysis highlight the importance of heat wave impacts to the electricity sector and the need for adaptation. The electricity sector requires a holistic approach for adaptation that comprises technological, behavioral and institutional approaches. All actors, governments, electricity companies and individuals need to collaborate in order to secure electricity supply in future heat waves.
Environmental Law | Law
Electricity Sector Adaptation to Heat Waves,
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, January 2015
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/sabin_climate_change/136