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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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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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Enhancing Community Resilience through Energy Efficiency

October 2015

Enhancing Community Resilience through Energy Efficiency, produced by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, evaluates the effectiveness of energy efficiency as a resiliency strategy. This report aims to aid local governments, businesses, and community decision makers in assessing risk, and integrating energy efficiency into resilience planning.

Related Organizations: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Authors or Affiliated Users: David Ribeiro, Eric Mackres, Brendon Baatz, Rachel Cluett, Michael Jarrett, Meegan Kelly, Shruti Vaidyanathan

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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)

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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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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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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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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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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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