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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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Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Grant Program

2019

Massachusetts’ Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP) provides support for cities and towns across the state to begin the process of planning and implementing climate change resiliency projects. The state awards communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop resiliency plans. 

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

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Texas 2017 Coastal Resiliency Master Plan

March 2017

From the Texas General Land Office (GLO), the Coastal Resiliency Master Plan was developed to guide future management of the state’s coastline in support of sustaining resilient local communities and coastal ecosystems. Climate impacts and coastal hazards including coastal erosion, sea level rise, coastal storm surge, habitat loss and degradation, and water quality decline are becoming more severe in Texas - and the GLO established a series of Resiliency Strategies as presented in the plan to address these hazards in a system-wide approach.

Related Organizations: Texas General Land Office

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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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Surging Seas - FEMA NFIP Community Rating System Guide

February 13, 2017

Surging Seas is a suite of free public web tools for sea level rise and coastal flood analysis from Climate Central.  Climate Central has identified many ways the Surging Seas web tool could be used with FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)’s Community Rating System (CRS).  CRS is a voluntary insurance rating program that recognizes communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the Federal minimum requirements of the NFIP. In exchange for flood risk reduction, policyholders can receive reduced flood insurance premiums.

Related Organizations: Climate Central

Author or Affiliated User: Daniel Rizza

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Case Study: City of Portland, Oregon Ecoroof Incentive

February 23, 2017

In 2008, The City of Portland Oregon adopted an Ecoroof Incentive program to address the city's stormwater management problems and the incentive program was active through 2012. The program provided an incentive for the installation of green roofs and other innovative roofing methods to better manage stormwater runoff. Green roofs have the potential to help mitigate both the urban heat island effect, increase the energy efficiency of buildings, and manage stormwater. 

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon

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Advancing Community Adaptation - A Framework for Project Prioritization and Decision Making in coastal Louisiana

2018

Louisiana faces severe climate change impacts of sea level rise and extreme weather events, and related flooding, subsidence, and coastal erosion. The Center for Planning Excellence and Dr. Denise Reed collaborated to develop this adaptation framework for coastal Louisiana, with a particular focus on non-structural elements and the communities impacted in the region.  This framework is a tool for a more holistic approach to planning coastal community resilience, and provides near- and long-term strategies for flood risk mitigation and implementing adaptation measures.

Related Organizations: Center for Planning Excellence

Authors or Affiliated Users: Denise Reed, Jeannette Dubinin, Camille Manning-Broome

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Louisiana 2017 Coastal Master Plan

June 2, 2017

In June 2017, the Louisiana State Legislature unanimously approved the state’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan, which updates the state’s 2012 plan.   The Coastal Master Plan provides a 50-year blueprint for directing Louisiana’s investments, regulations, and programs in coastal restoration, resilience, and protection. The plan recommends 124 projects to restore coastal ecosystems, build flood control structures, and enhance land-use policies to reduce flood risks in coastal Louisiana communities and to enhance coastal economies and ecosystems.

Related Organizations: Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

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Austin, Texas Climate Resilience Action Plan for City Assets and Operations

April 2018

The Climate Resilience Action Plan for Austin, Texas provides an assessment of extreme weather impacts to City-owned assets and operations, and outlines strategies for the City of Austin’s long-range planning in response to current and projected climate change. The plan describes climate adaptation strategies for the City’s Utility Infrastructure (electric, water, wastewater and telecommunications), Transportation Infrastructure, and Community Facilities. 

Related Organizations: City of Austin, Texas

Author or Affiliated User: Marc Coudert

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Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Deregulation Tracker

2017

The Columbia Law School Sabin Center for Climate Change Law offers an online “Deregulation Tracker” to monitor efforts undertaken by the Trump administration and Congress to scale back or eliminate federal climate mitigation and adaptation measures. The new tracker is linked to the Center’s Climate Regulation Tracker - a database of regulations and other efforts undertaken by federal agencies to address climate change. 

Related Organizations: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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