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Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy

October 28, 2013

The leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy on October 28, 2013 - committing their governments to a comprehensive and far-reaching strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy. The Pacific Coast Collaborative was established on June 30, 2008 when the State Governors (and Premier of BC) signed the Pacific Coast Collaborative Agreement. This agreement was the first to unite Pacific leaders in developing a shared strategy and vision for the region.

Related Organizations: Pacific Coast Collaborative

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Chicago’s Building Energy Programs

September 2013

The City of Chicago adapted energy efficiency policies for both commercial and residential buildings to support both its mitigation and adaptation goals. Waste heat from energy consumption has been estimated to account for about one-third of the urban heat island effect, in some US cities, and energy efficiency policies can be an effective strategy and mitigating these effects. [ref title=""]Dr. Brian Stone, Louisville Urban Heat Management Study, Urban Climate Lab of the Georgia Institute of Technology (April 2016).

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Chicago's Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

September 2013

The City of Chicago adopted energy efficiency policies for both commercial and residential buildings to help reduce waste energy from residential and commercial buildings, which accounts for about one-third of the urban heat island effect, in some US cities. [ref title=""]Dr. Brian Stone, Louisville Urban Heat Management Study, Urban Climate Lab of the Georgia Institute of Technology (April 2016). [/ref] This ordinance in combination with the city's energy conservation code and utility cost disclosure ordinance seek to enhance energy efficiency in the city's building stock and reduce waste heat from buildings.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages

August 2013

Severe weather is the leading cause of power outages in the United States and between 2003 and 2012 - with an estimated 679 widespread power outages to have occurred due to severe weather during this time frame. The number of outages caused by severe weather is expected to rise as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of hurricanes, blizzards, floods and other extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Department of Energy, Executive Office of the President of the United States, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

July 2013

This Department of Energy report provides an assessment of how the effects of climate change have impacted and will impact the production, delivery, and storage of energy. The report is organized by climate impact, exploring various aspects of energy production and transmission related to each. It offers real world examples of threatened facilities and describes current adaptation actions underway.  The report also suggests steps to improve adaptive capacity by investing in technology and equipment, improving policies to allow for better technology deployment, advancing analytics and monitoring to allow for more informed decisions, and increasing engagement between stakeholders and user communities to facilitate better planning and operations.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

Author or Affiliated User: Chris Gillespie

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City of Chicago Utility Cost Disclosure Ordinance

March 13, 2013

The City of Chicago adopted energy efficiency policies for both commercial and residential buildings to help reduce waste energy from residential and commercial buildings, which accounts for about one-third of the urban heat island effect, in some US cities. This ordinance in combination with the city's energy conservation code and energy benchmarking ordinance seek to enhance energy efficiency in the city's building stock and reduce waste heat from buildings.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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California 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan

August 23, 2012

California’s 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan outlines strategies, goals, objectives, and actions that state agencies will take to increase bioenergy development in California. The plan builds upon the state’s 2006 and 2011 Bioenergy Action Plans. These plans were developed with input from the Bioenergy Interagency Working Group, the California Biomass Collaborative and stakeholders and other public comments. An in-depth status report on bioenergy development and analysis of the issues are contained within the 2011 Bioenergy Action Plan, which was adopted by the California Energy Commission in March 2011.

Related Organizations: California Energy Commission, State of California

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U.S. Department of Energy Climate Change Adaptation Plan

June 29, 2012

On February 7th, 2013 35 federal agencies released their third annual Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans (SSPPs), which for the first time included Climate Change Adaptation Plans to help federal agencies reach climate change resilience goals.

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

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Analysis of Drought Impacts on Electricity Production in the Western and Texas Interconnections of the United States

December 2011

This study, produced by the Environmental Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, analyzes the potential impact of drought on electricity generation within the western and Texas interconnections.  The report examines how electricity generation relies heavily on water resources and their availability, and illustrates the interdependence of energy and water in the electricity context. 

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

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Protecting the Lifeline of the West: How Climate and Energy Policies Can Safeguard Water

2010

This report, a collaborative effort by Western Resource Advocates and the Environmental Defense Fund, illustrates the key connections between climate change, energy, and water in the West. The report focuses on the states of the interior West — Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Related Organizations: Environmental Defense Fund, Western Resource Advocates (WRA)

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