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OERC seminar – Climate change and hydro in New Zealand: Impacts on long-term energy system planning

Otago Energy Research Centre seminar by Kiti Suomalainen

Understanding the impact of climate change on renewable energy resources is increasingly vital as our energy systems transition towards higher levels of renewable generation. This talk explores power system transition under climate change impacts on hydro resources, as well as the impact of climate change on the cost of decarbonisation.

We used an integrated energy systems assessment tool to investigate the impact of altered seasonal hydro availability factors on the optimal energy investment pathways. We have also assessed the cost of decarbonisation under the climate change impact. We find that while more hydro will be available in winter, lower availability in summer is compensated for with increased solar capacity. We also find that decarbonisation in New Zealand sees a major transformation in the transport sector, supported by a relatively moderate increase in overall demand in the electricity sector.

About the speaker

Kiti Suomalainen, Research Fellow, Energy Centre, University of Auckland. Kiti studied engineering physics at Chalmers University of Technology and received her master's degree with a specialisation in industrial ecology in 2006. She gained her PhD within the MIT Portugal programme Sustainable Energy Systems in Lisbon in 2011. Kiti worked as a research fellow at the Joint Research Centre – Institute for Energy and Transport between 2011 and 2013, before joining the Energy Centre in May 2013. After spending a year and a half at the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago, she returned to the Energy Centre in 2018. Her research interests span from renewable energy resource and energy demand dynamics to energy systems modelling and decarbonisation.

Zoom link

This seminar will be available to watch remotely via Zoom:

Zoom link for Kiti Suomalainen seminar

Zoom password: 582894

Date Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public,All University
LocationCentre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin.
Contact NameMary-Jane Campbell

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