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A Resilient Power Capital Scan: How Foundations Could Use Grants and Investments to Advance Solar and Storage in Low-Income Communities

February 1, 2017

This report identifies market barriers to deploying solar and energy storage technologies in low-income markets, and proposes more than 50 grant and investment opportunities that socially-minded investors can use to target those barriers. Solar and energy storage can further climate adaptation by helping communities avoid power outages.  The report includes a detailed analysis of the energy market and a matrix of interventions organized according to market participant, barriers, and difficulty.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Case Study on The King County - Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C)

January 17, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) explores how local governments and other partners are coordinating at the regional scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the King County region of Washington state.  This case study explores how the K4C was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to reduce emissions in the region, and how the collaborative funds its activities.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Hillary Neger, Annie Bennett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework

December 2016

A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework was developed by the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) to help leaders in the LA region identify and implement the most promising and effective measures for reducing emissions and increasing resilience to climate change. It was designed to prioritize issues and actions that can have the most regional impact and that require more cross-county coordination.

Related Organizations: Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington D.C.

December 12, 2016

Achieving Urban Resilience illustrates the environmental, health and economic benefits that Washington, D. C. could gain from citywide adoption of smart surface technologies such as cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV, porous pavements, bio-retention, rainwater harvesting, reflective pavements, permeable pavements, and urban trees. The report quantifies the benefits of adopting cost-effective strategies to manage sun and rainfall at a city level, and documents how the District could save at least $5 billion over 40 years with smart surface strategies.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC, District Department of General Services - Washington DC, Capital E

Authors or Affiliated Users: Greg Kats, Keith Glassbrook

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change and the Energy Sector: DOE Guide for Climate Change Resilience Planning

September 2016

From the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), this report examines the current and potential future impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the U. S. energy sector. The report provides step-wise guidance to building a vulnerability assessment framework and a subsequent resilience plan for electric utility assets and operations. The guide highlights a number of available tools, projections, sample metrics, and completed assessments to support planners in identifying risks, evaluating options, and developing effective plans.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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U.S. DHS Casco Bay Region Climate Change Resiliency Assessment

March 2016

As a part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP) - this research focuses on the local and regional impacts of climate change in the Casco Bay area, the most developed and populous region in Maine. The report focuses primarily on vulnerabilities that may affect the region’s ability to maintain its critical infrastructure systems, and provides corresponding Resilience Enhancement Options that DHS and other partners may utilize in climate adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Virginia Climate Change and Resilience Commission Report to the Governor

December 21, 2015

In December 2015, the Virginia Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission issued its report and final recommendations to then Governor Terry McAuliffe. The report identifies the Commission's top five recommendations for climate action in the state, and includes recommendations for both preparing for climate impacts as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Virginia.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia, Virginia Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Public-Private Partnership (P3) Model State Legislation

December 2015

The Bipartisan Policy Center created this model legislation to help states pass public-private partnership (P3) enabling laws to encourage private-sector investment in infrastructure (wastewater, transportation, stormwater, and green infrastructure). P3s could be an important tool for helping state and local governments finance the investments they need to make to adapt infrastructure systems.  P3s allow the government to contract with a private sector partner to fulfill one or more traditional government functions, including financing, delivery, operations, and maintenance of public infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Bipartisan Policy Center

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Resilience for Free: How Solar+Storage Could Protect Multifamily Affordable Housing from Power Outages at Little or No Net Cost

October 14, 2015

This report from the Clean Energy Group uses project data for buildings in New York, Chicago, and Washington, D. C. , to examine the financial case for installing solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery storage systems (“solar+storage”) to support multifamily affordable housing. With the right market structures and incentives, solar+storage systems can provide an economic return, on par with energy efficiency or stand-alone solar. They can also help make affordable housing energy resilient by guaranteeing power for common area lighting, water, and communications.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders, Seth Mullendore

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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