Introduction to Meteorology for Energy Generation

Anticipate changes in supply and demand

Variations in the weather can have a marked effect on power stations operations, whether it is access issues due to snow and ice or high level maintenance delays caused by strong winds or lightning, the consequences can prove very costly.

Having a better understanding of the causes and impacts of the weather, together with how the forecasts are produced and their strengths and limitations will help inform both planning and mitigation activities.

Course length: Choose four modules for a full day course, (two for a half day course).

Location: Courses can either be held at your premises or at the Met Office College's dedicated training facilities in Exeter. 
Courses held at the Met Office College in Exeter can include a tour of our headquarters including the Operations Centre.

Aim: To help personnel in the energy generation industry better understand and interpret meteorological information, so they may optimise maintenance, operations and safety.

Modules available:

  • Core module - weather regimes and weather fronts
    An overview of what drives our weather, and major weather features; fronts and air masses.
  • Weather Hazards
    Strong winds, lightning and heavy rain; what causes them and how they are forecast. 
  • Winter Road Hazards
    Road temperatures; the formation and prediction of snow, black ice and hoar frost.
  • Oceanography
    Sea level, tides, waves, surges and tsunamis explained. 
  • Forecasting
    Weather forecasting methods and how using ensemble techniques allow better evaluation of confidence. 
  • Climate Change
    Develops understanding of the facts and issues surrounding climate change and the potential impacts on energy generation. 
  • Met Office products interpretation
    Familiarisation of Hazard manager, the National Severe Weather Warning Service and commercial Met Office products.

Other information: Exercise activities will be included during the day to consolidate the topics covered. Certificates will be supplied upon completion of the course.

How to book: To book a place email your name, contact details and which course you would like to attend to moc.enquiries@metoffice.gov.uk.

Last updated: 16 May 2014