The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sought to gain a deeper understanding of the near- and long-term vulnerabilities of the nation’s energy infrastructure from climate change and communicate these findings to a national audience. An assessment of impacts—both positive and negative—is necessary to inform forward-looking efforts to enhance energy security. Projected impacts of climate change on the domestic energy sector include the effects of increasing temperatures, decreasing water availability, and increasing intensity of storm events, flooding, and wildfires. These changes are projected to affect the nation’s demand for energy and its ability to access, produce, and distribute energy.
Energetics contributed research, analysis, and subject-matter expertise to the study and co-authored the report with DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. We applied our broad knowledge of climate change impacts and energy infrastructure to identify the most pressing climate risks, refine key messages, and maximize the report’s relevance to targeted sectors. We also provided editorial and production services.
The report was launched to coincide with the President’s Climate Action Plan, and the report received significant media outreach. All major national newspapers covered its release, including the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, and Wall Street Journal. Wide-spread coverage was also provided in energy publications, blogs, and other internet sources. DOE and Energetics are conducting a number of follow-up activities to extend climate preparedness in the energy sector.