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Peak Temperatures Will Push Electric Grid to the Brink in an Ever-Warming World

Rising temperature could cost U.S. utilities as much as $180 billion this century due to greater electricity demand.

February 14, 2017
6:07 PM EST
Projected change in intensity of peak load (RCP8.5). The projected change in intensity of peak load under RCP8.5 varies geographically, with the largest increases in the South and West. Coloring reflects projected percentage increases in the daily peak load due to temperature rise by end of century.