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29 Aug 2017

Climate change likely to shift European power demand from north to south

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Rising temperatures associated with the man-made effect on global climate are likely to shift the bulk of Europe’s power demand from the continent’s north to the south, German research institution Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) has said in a press release. A joint study by German and US researchers had shown that warmer temperatures are likely to “shift electricity demand from countries like Sweden or Norway to countries like Portugal or Spain”, and also change seasonal peak load from winter to summer, PIK says. The reason for this shift is that high temperatures in the south will result in an increased use of cooling systems, “which in most cases requires a lot of electricity”.

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