Will climate change impact on wind power development in the UK?

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Abstract

Partly in response to concerns about anthropogenic climate change, renewable energy production is growing rapidly in the United Kingdom (UK). The wind power industry takes advantage of the country having some of the highest mean wind speeds in Europe. Future climate change, however, has the potential to alter the characteristics of the UK wind climate. Small changes in mean wind speed could produce much greater changes in wind energy output as the power generated is related to the cube of wind speed. This paper aims to use a simple method to provide insight into projected future UK wind climate and how this might differ from current patterns. A discussion of the scale of the projected impacts on the wind energy industry follows.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-852
JournalClimatic Change
Volume115
Issue number3-4
Early online date17 May 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Climate change impacts
  • Wind power
  • Energy
  • Electricity system
  • Geostrophic wind

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