Articles | Volume 8, issue 4
Earth Syst. Dynam., 8, 1047–1060, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-8-1047-2017
Earth Syst. Dynam., 8, 1047–1060, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-8-1047-2017
Research article
29 Nov 2017
Research article | 29 Nov 2017

More homogeneous wind conditions under strong climate change decrease the potential for inter-state balancing of electricity in Europe

Jan Wohland et al.

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Solar and wind energy generation are weather dependent and can not be switched on when needed. Despite this, stable electricity supply can be obtained by aggregation over large areas, for example Europe. However, we show that strong climate change impedes spatial balancing of electricity because countries are more likely to suffer from simultaneous generation shortfall. As a consequence, local scarcity can less often be balanced by imports.
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