Toolbox Entry: Stronger Power: Improving Power Sector Resilience to Natural Hazards

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Last edited on 27/11/2022 by Hector Alfaro
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The World Bank
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Type of Entry
Study Report

Distribution Planning
  • Disaster management and resilience

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Distribution planning


This paper, prepared as a sectoral note for the Lifelines report on infrastructure resilience, investigates the vulnerability of the power system to natural hazards and climate change, and provides recommendations to increase its resilience. It first describes how power outages are often the consequence of natural disasters and outlines the main vulnerabilities of the power sector. It then proposes a range of approaches and solutions for building a more resilient power sector – from increased robustness to greater flexibility – showing that the additional cost of resilience is not high if resources are well spent. Finally, it describes how emergency preparedness and disaster recovery encompass not only technical aspects, like asset strengthening or criticality analysis, but also “softer” skills, like governance, regulatory or capacity building, and education.