Study on the impact of climate change on hydroelectricity in Spain

13 September 2017 | Adaptation

The scientific journal Energies has just published a study by Kepa Solaun, Partner and General Director of Factor CO2 and Professor of the University of Navarra, and Emilio Cerdá, Professor of the University Complutense of Madrid.

The study entitled "The Impact of Climate Change on the Generation of Hydroelectric Power: A Case Study in Southern Spain" aims to analyze the long-term impact of changes in precipitation and water availability on hydroelectric production.

To carry out the analysis, the study focuses on three hydroelectric power plants in Southern Spain combining climatological, technical and economic data and projections.

The results of the study predict that hydroelectric production could drop by up to 49% by the end of the century. This decrease in production, in accordance with economic and operational hypotheses, would significantly affect the operating margins of the facilities and, in certain scenarios, could reach an economically unsustainable level.

In addition, an investment analysis was carried out, demonstrating that climate change jeopardize future investments in similar facilities.


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