Hot Northern European summer puts unprecedented pressure on energy sector

German nuclear plants have had to shut down due to warm river water which cannot cool reactors. In Sweden and Norway, water shortages have led to record-low production from hydroelectric plants, and wind turbines in Denmark and England are generating less power than usual.

Hot weather is making the Northern European energy sector sweat, not only because energy sector employees are obliged to wear warm work clothes or sit in hot offices. Unusually high summer temperatures and drought are affecting Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, which is now seriously impacting Northern European energy production, according to figures from a series of energy exchanges and systems operators in Northern Europe.

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