Climate Change’s Stormy Weather Creates Unexpected Wind Power

We’re all familiar with the law of unintended consequences, when an outcome is a surprise. The increasing occurrence of severe weather over Europe in December caused a jump in German wind power generation, according to the German IWR InstituteWind turbines located in the North and offshore in the North Sea generated 8.9 terrawatt-hours (TWh), more than in any other month before. By comparison, all remaining German nuclear power plants together generated an average of 8 TWh per month in 2013. In this case, ill winds driven by extreme weather due to climate change also blew up a welcome storm of renewably sourced power.

John Howell, Editorial Director