Climate Change Effects on Solar, Wind and Hydro Power Generation

Vikramaditya Penmetsa, Keith E. Holbert

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


Climate change is affecting power generation globally. Increase in the ambient temperature due to the emission of greenhouse gases, caused mainly by burning of fossil fuels, is the most prominent reason for this effect. Climate change has encouraged the shift of power generation from burning of fossil fuels to more sustainable generation techniques from renewable sources such as hydro, wind and solar energy. Outcomes of climate change affect the power generation from these sources. Increase in the temperature and evaporation and decrease in the snow levels have decreased the hydropower generation in the Colorado River Basin. The maximum decrease in wind power generation, only due to the effect of increasing temperatures, in the U.S. is 0.6-1.0% by mid-century and 0.8-1.9% by end of the century. Change in solar radiation and precipitation affect the solar power generation. This paper analyzes various factors of climate change and the extent to which they impact the power generation from hydro, wind and solar energy sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication51st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728104072
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Event51st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2019 - Wichita, United States
Duration: Oct 13 2019Oct 15 2019

Publication series

Name51st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2019


Conference51st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Global warming
  • hydroelectric power generation
  • solar power generation
  • wind power generation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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