RESNET: Resilient Electricity Networks for Great Britain

September 2011 to August 2015

Prof Kevin Anderson, University of Manchester

AIM: To develop and demonstrate a comprehensive approach to analyse, at a national scale, climate-related changes in the reliability of the UK’s electricity system, and to develop tools for quantifying the value of adaptations that would enhance its resilience.


  • To develop a weather generator for producing scenarios of spatially coincident weather extremes in future climates at a national scale.
  • To apply a weather typing approach to the Regional Climate Models used by UKCP09 to produce a wind storm component for the weather generator.
  • To generate spatially and temporally explicit scenarios of future electricity demand and supply, with and without different scales of decentralisation.
  • To develop models relating changes in the severity of weather related events to failure rate of individual network components.
  • To quantify the potential impacts of future climate upon the operational resilience and the infrastructure resilience of the overall GB power system.
  • To explore the societal implications and identify potential barriers to adaptation measures.

May 2012, Energy projects stakeholder focused workshop:

February 2012 Energy Projects meeting:

June 2011 Meeting with the Scottish Government: