Energetics recently published Climate Change and the Electricity Sector: Guide for Climate Change Resilience Planning for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA). This Guide walks electric utilities through the process of assessing the vulnerabilities of their assets and operations to climate change and extreme weather and identifying and implementing solutions to enhance resilience.

This Guide is an important component of DOE’s effort to provide information, data, and tools that local, state, and private-sector leaders can use to improve preparedness and build resilience to climate change and extreme weather events into critical systems. The Guide is also part of a broader DOE effort to ensure reliable, affordable, and clean energy is available for all Americans. Energetics’ climate change and energy systems experts provided critical analysis and support to DOE in development of the Guide.

As part of its step-by-step approach, the Guide directs users to useful resources, including national, local, and regional climate model data and projections; resilience planning tools; and inventories of the potential impacts and relevant vulnerabilities of electric utilities. In addition, the Guide identifies best practices and recommended methodologies for managers of different types of generation, transmission, and distribution assets. It also offers general methods on how to estimate the costs and benefits of resilience measures. By completing the key steps in this Guide, utilities will be able to develop a strategy for addressing climate change risks and prioritize specific resilience-building actions.

While specific electric utilities have unique needs, goals, and resources in preparing for a range of climate change impacts and extreme weather, this flexible framework paves the way for planners and decision makers across the country to move forward immediately in developing and implementing plans to make their electricity systems more resilient to projected climate impacts.

For more information on our work with climate change and critical infrastructure resilience, please contact us.