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The Value of Resilience for Distributed Energy Resources: An Overview of Current Analytical Practices

April 2019

This analysis from the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) evaluates existing practices of calculating the value of resilience in Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) installed within an energy distribution system. The report examines how the value of resilience was calculated and was applied in both regulatory decision-making and non-regulatory cost-benefit analyses, and provides state regulators with guidance for taking resilience into account when evaluating investments in DERs in the face of high-impact, low-probability extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Authors or Affiliated Users: Wilson Rickerson, Marisa Bulkeley, Jonathan Gillis

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Owning the Benefits of Solar+Storage: New Ownership and Investment Models for Affordable Housing and Community Facilities

February 2018

This policy paper examines five models for financing solar PV coupled with battery storage (solar + storage) with the aim of identifying solutions for increasing access to renewable energy in affordable housing and community facilities serving low- to moderate-income (LMI) communities. Solar + storage can reduce utility bills, increase the resilience of power systems, and, in some cases, can lead to revenue from grid services. For these reasons, solar + storage is seen as an equity strategy that can benefit LMI communities.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group

Authors or Affiliated Users: Robert Sanders, Lew Milford

Resource Category: Funding

 

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2016 U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Justice Strategy

January 2017

This strategy document is the culmination of a process that began in November 2007 to review and update the Department of Energy (DOE) 1995 Environmental Justice Strategy. The strategy describes DOE’s plan for complying with Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Population (Clinton, 1994). The strategy outlines its objectives to integrate environmental justice into National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation, minimize climate change impacts on vulnerable people, and comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience Strategies

November 2016

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)'s Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience Strategies report describes the utility provider’s risk exposure to climatic hazards, as well as progress the company has made and the plans it has to address climate change impacts across California. As described in the report, “PG&E is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the U. S. Based in San Francisco, with more than 23,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in Northern and Central California.

Related Organizations: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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U.S. DOE: Climate Change and the Energy Sector - Guide for Climate Change Resilience Planning

September 2016

From the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), this report examines the current and potential future impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the U. S. energy sector. The report provides step-wise guidance to building a vulnerability assessment framework and a subsequent resilience plan for electric utility assets and operations. The guide highlights a number of available tools, projections, sample metrics, and completed assessments to support planners in identifying risks, evaluating options, and developing effective plans.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Change and the Electricity Sector: DOE Guide for Climate Change Resilience Planning

September 2016

From the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), this guide provides a framework for assessing the vulnerability of electric utility assets and operations to climate change and extreme weather, and developing a portfolio of cost-effective resilience solutions into an action plan. By completing the steps in this guide, utilities can build planning-level documents that include specific actions for managing and mitigating climate change risks. The report also highlights several case studies and documents from utilities that have already developed vulnerability assessments and resilience plans for reference.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Author or Affiliated User: Craig Zamuda

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change and the Electricity Sector: DOE Guide for Assessing Vulnerabilities and Developing Resilience Solutions to Sea Level Rise

July 2016

This report was prepared by the U. S Department of Energy (DOE) to provide guidance for evaluating how sea level rise and storm surge hazards may affect electricity services, and for identifying solutions to enhance resilience to these climate impacts. It includes examples of climate resilience issues and opportunities related to generation, transmission, and distribution assets; and includes generalized methods on how to estimate the costs and benefits of various sea level rise (SLR) resilience measures.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER)

Administered by the California Energy Commission, the Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER) was created to advance science and technology in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, advanced electricity technologies, energy-related environmental protection, transmission and distribution, and transportation technologies. The PIER Program awards up to $62 million annually to support new energy services and products that create statewide environmental and economic benefits. Priority research areas defined in PIER’s five-year Climate Change Research Plan are: monitoring, analysis, and modeling of climate; analysis of options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; assessment of physical impacts and of adaptation strategies; and analysis of the economic consequences of both climate change impacts and the efforts designed to reduce emissions.

Related Organizations: California Climate Change Center (CCCC), California Energy Commission

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New Jersey Energy Master Plan - Update

December 2015

In 2015 New Jersey updated its Energy Master Plan (EMP) to include a section on resiliency. The update describes how New Jersey has advanced on the 2011 Plan’s Five Overarching Goals and Plan of Action, and provides new strategies and goals for the energy sector. This EMP Update has increased priority on improving the resiliency of energy infrastructure to respond to and recover from severe weather events.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Planning for Climate and Energy Equity in Maryland

December 2015

Funded by the Town Creek Foundation of Maryland, Skeo Solutions evaluated Maryland’s 2013 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan - to determine the effects of the plan on state programs and disadvantaged communities. Aimed at enhancing social equity outcomes in Maryland’s climate planning, the programs were analyzed as to whether they benefit or reduce impacts on vulnerable communities - in order to identify programatic improvements, and the need for new initiatives. In addition, a number of long-term recommendations are offered to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance climate adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: Town Creek Foundation of Maryland

Author or Affiliated User: Marcus Griswold

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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