Opportunities for increased hydropower production in Iceland

Electricity and heating in Iceland are derived entirely from renewable sources (hydro and geothermal). Warming temperatures and increased precipitation result in increased glacier melt, runoff and generation capacity. However, the design of the current system in Iceland will only be capable of utilizing 30% of the projected additional runoff. Maximizing the opportunities presented by climate change will require new investments to increase storage in the system. Similar planning approaches may be appropriate in northern Canada where runoff is projected to increase as a result of climate change.

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