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Climate Change and the U.S. Energy Sector: DOE Regional Vulnerabilities and Resilience Solutions

October 2015

Produced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), this report addresses the energy vulnerabilities to climate change in each of nine regions across the U.S. This report aims to assist infrastructure owners and utility planners by identifying climate change threats to energy sectors, and providing current resilience solutions - on a local, regional, and national level.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Gillespie, Matt Antes

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What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning

March 2015

What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning is a series of guidelines and best practices for cities and towns preparing for widespread power outages from severe weather events. According to the authors, cities should have resilient power plans for critical public and private facilities in order to protect their most vulnerable citizens - but few cities have focused on risks and mitigation strategies associated with extended grid power outages for critical assets. This paper calls for a systematic approach to protect critical facilities with resilient power solutions, including solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage, combined heat-and-power (CHP), and fuel cells systems.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group, Meridian Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Seattle City Light Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan

2015

Seattle City Light is the city of Seattle’s publicly owned electric power utility. The Seattle City Light Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan researches and evaluates the impacts of climate change on the utility and develops strategic actions to maintain reliable, safe, low-cost, and environmental sustainable power to the Seattle region despite changing climate conditions.

Related Organizations: Seattle City Light, City of Seattle, Washington

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Colorado Climate Vulnerability Study

January 2015

The Western Water Assessment (WWA), in collaboration with Colorado State University, conducted this climate vulnerability study for the state of Colorado. Drawing from existing data and peer-reviewed research, the assessment summarizes the key impacts in seven sectors: ecosystems, water, agriculture, energy, transportation, outdoor recreation and tourism, and public health. It also details current adaptive capacity and potential strategies in those sectors to meet future climate challenges - providing a background for preparedness planning.

Related Organizations: Colorado State University, Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado Energy Office

Authors or Affiliated Users: Eric Gordon, Dennis Ojima, Amber Childress, Theresa Jedd, Roberta Klein, Jeff Lukas, Rebecca McKeown

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New York State Prize - Community Microgrid Competition (NY Prize)

2015

The “NY Prize” competition is administered by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to support New York State communities innovation in electricity grid planning and development. Microgrids are stand-alone energy systems that can separate from the larger electrical grid to operate independently in the event of a power outage. During extreme weather events or emergencies, microgrids can provide power to individual customers and critical public services such as hospitals, first responders, and water treatment facilities.

Related Organizations: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

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New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank Grant and Loan Financing Program Guide

October 14, 2014

Created using $200 million of Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank (ERB) provides funding for new or retrofitted distributed energy resources (DER) technologies that allow facilities to continue to operate at critical load in the event of losing power because of extreme weather.

Related Organizations: State of New Jersey

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Taking Action on Climate Change: Connecticut DEEP 2014 Progress Report

June 6, 2014

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released this progress report reviewing the work the state is doing to mitigate and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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DOE: The Water-Energy Nexus - Challenges and Opportunities

June 2014

From the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), this report describes the integrated challenges and opportunities around the water-energy nexus nationwide.  DOE acknowledges the increased urgency to address the water-energy nexus in an proactive way due to climate change impacts  - and details these impacts and related decision-making needs.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change: Energy Infrastructure Risks and Adaptation Efforts (GAO-14-74)

March 4, 2014

The U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has examined the vulnerability of the nation's energy infrastructure to climate change impacts. This report describes their findings including: (1) what is known about potential impacts of climate change on U. S. energy infrastructure; (2) measures that can reduce climate-related risks and adapt energy infrastructure to climate change; and (3) the role of the federal government in adapting energy infrastructure and adaptation steps selected federal entities have taken.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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California Energy Commission Integrated Energy Policy Report

January 15, 2014

The California Energy Commission (CEC) 2013 Integrated Energy Policy Report was adopted January 15, 2014.  The report includes an assessment of climate change risks to energy supply in the state and finds that climate change is likely to compromise electricity supplies, particularly during temperature spikes when demand for air conditioning will be high. The main effects on energy supply include less electricity output from thermal power plants, reduced capacity of the transmission and distribution infrastructure to deliver electricity, damage to energy infrastructure, and changes in the availability and timing of renewable energy resources, such as hydroelectric power.

Related Organizations: California Energy Commission

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