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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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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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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

Resource Category: Funding

 

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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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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)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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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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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