Residential air-conditioners; giving them the third degree


The UK Climate Projections model’s Medium High Emissions scenario indicates that it is as likely as not that there will be a 2.8oC rise in temperature by 2050.  Such a rise would give the UK the same average annual temperature as Turkey. This could mean heat waves in the UK become the norm in summer, with temperatures regularly over 30oC for a number of consecutive days.

In this Thought Piece, we explore what this world would mean for air conditioning (AC) in our homes. Currently the UK has very limited uptake of AC in our homes, a high number of homes with AC would mean an increase in electricity demand, especially on the hottest summer days. What would this mean for the electricity system when summer demand has traditionally been low?

To find out more, read here.