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Adverse weather scenarios for future electricity systems: short duration events

The latest findings from the collaborative project with the Met Office and the Climate Change Committee.

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The Commission and the Climate Change Committee have been working closely with the Met Office to develop datasets to test the resilience of electricity systems to extreme adverse weather. This project explores what is known, and what wasn’t, about weather and climate related sensitivities and the risks associated with a highly renewable electricity system.

The Commission has continued to work with the Met Office to develop new datasets to represent shorter duration ramping events. The Met Office is taking a similar approach to previous work by first characterising events and then producing datasets. This new report summarises the approach to characterising events and includes a sensitivity analysis conducted to test the validity of the results obtained.

The final output from this project will be made available on this website by the end of February 2022.

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Related research - adverse weather and future electricity systems

Earlier research undertaken by the Met Office as part of this joint project includes:

In February 2021 the Commission published a report on the Operability of highly renewable energy systems. This demonstrated that the current evidence provides confidence that a highly renewable electricity system, such as one with over 70 per cent generation from renewables, can maintain secure and reliable electricity without adding significantly to the costs of generating electricity.

Status: Evidence gathering

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