Fredrich Kahrl and David Roland-Holst

in Climate Change in California

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271814
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520953802 | DOI:

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Many components California's energy system, including conversion, distribution, and use, are vulnerable to climate change. In this chapter, we focus on the two most prominent of these:reductions in hydropower generation due to changes in water availability and increased demand for electric air conditioning due to rising temperatures. Through these two examples, the chapter illustrates how the adaptation and mitigation agendas overlap, why interagency coordination is required to address these overlaps, and how choice of business and regulatory models for the energy sector will influence adaptive capacity in the energy sector.

Keywords: climatechange; California; energy; hydropower; air conditioning; adaptation; economics

Chapter.  3667 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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