Toolbox Entry: Climate Change and the Electricity Sector: Guide for Assessing Vulnerabilities and Developing Resilience Solutions to Sea Level Rise

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Last edited on 27/11/2022 by Hector Alfaro
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Distribution Planning
  • Disaster management and resilience

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This report was prepared to provide guidance for analyzing climate resilience challenges and opportunities in the power sector. The document is intended to be relevant to public and private sector stakeholders―particularly, the electricity sector―who are interested in evaluating how climate change hazards may impact the ability to provide service and implement measures to enhance resilience to climate change. The reference is limited to coastal climate hazards of flooding and permanent inundation due to SLR, as well as flooding from storm surge associated with extreme storm events. The document includes examples of climate resilience challenges and opportunities related to generation, transmission, and distribution assets, recognizing that the affected sectors may have different responsibilities for different types of assets or portions of the overall electricity system. This report provides principles that are meant to apply broadly to key aspects of any climate resilience analysis rather than instructions for a specific analysis. It also includes general reference on how to estimate the costs and benefits of resilience measures but does not serve as a manual for calculating economic benefits of resilience measures.