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An Introduction to Adaptation in the Energy Sector

Climate change has important implication for energy systems. Warmer temperatures could increase demands on energy supplies if people rely on cooling systems more heavily. Drought and changing precipitation patterns could stress hydroelectric power generation. Sea-level rise and more intense weather events may put energy infrastructure at risk. 

Use the resources below as a starting point to better understand how climate change will affect the energy sector.

 

 

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Planning for a New Energy and Climate Future

2010

'Planning for a New Energy and Climate Future' was prepared by the American Planning Association in collaboration with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the University of North Carolina Asheville. This report provides a framework for how to integrate energy and climate into the planning process, and offers strategies for communities to address energy and climate change across a variety of issues, including development patterns, transportation, and economic development.

Related Organizations: University of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Asheville, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), American Planning Association (APA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Suzanne Rynne, Jan Mueller, Scott Shuford

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

October, 2015

This report, produced by the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), divides the country into nine regions and looks at specific energy vulnerabilities to climate change in each. This report aims to assist infrastructure owners and utility planners by identifying climate change threats to energy sectors, and providing current resilience solutions. This report is a part of the DOE’s ongoing effort to facilitate climate preparedness and resilience within the energy sector on a local, regional, and national level.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Gillespie, Matt Antes

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Tribal Energy System Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

September, 2015

This report, produced by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, provides an overview of the vulnerabilities facing tribal communities in the U.S. and Alaska to climate change. This report aims to strengthen tribal energy and economic infrastructure to climate change by outlining tribal vulnerabilities on a regional level, and providing recommendations to aid tribes in designing more resilient energy infrastructure and management practices.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

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