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Climate Change in CaliforniaRisk and Response$
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Fredrich J. Kahrl and David W. Roland-Holst

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520271814

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520271814.001.0001

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(p.63) Chapter Four Energy
Climate Change in California

Fredrich Kahrl

David Roland-Holst

University of California Press

Many components California's energy system, including conversion, distribution, and use, are vulnerable to climate change. In this chapter, we focus on the two most prominent of these:reductions in hydropower generation due to changes in water availability and increased demand for electric air conditioning due to rising temperatures. Through these two examples, the chapter illustrates how the adaptation and mitigation agendas overlap, why interagency coordination is required to address these overlaps, and how choice of business and regulatory models for the energy sector will influence adaptive capacity in the energy sector.

Keywords:   climatechange, California, energy, hydropower, air conditioning, adaptation, economics

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