Case Studies

CAREC Resilient Power Series E.3 - Building Climate Resilience Now for a Brighter Future - The Story of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina

Jul 27, 2021 video

On the November 16th 2020, Hurricane Iota hit the Colombian Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. The system left considerable damage to ...

Grid Resiliency Trendline

Mar 13, 2021 Link

Increasing risks and impacts from hurricanes, wildfires and other extreme weather events have spurred billions in investments across the U.S. to enhance grid ...

Resiliency: An earning opportunity for the greater good of customers and utilities

Nov 06, 2020 Link

Keeping the lights on is more than a turn of phrase, it's a necessity. But what exactly occurs behind the switch is somewhat less important to most, aside from ...

Climate Change Vulnerability Study

Nov 05, 2020 File

In its 2013 rate case filing after Superstorm Sandy, Con Edison proposed $1 billion in storm hardening investments to build additional resiliency into its ...

This Caribbean island is on track to become the world’s first 'hurricane-proof' country

Nov 26, 2019 Link

When Hurricane Maria destroyed Dominica in 2017, the devastation spurred an ambitious goal to fully adapt to climate change.

Batteries vs. Blackouts: 1,100 Homes Powered Through Vermont Outage With Storage

Nov 18, 2019 Link

Utility Green Mountain Power’s pilot programs paid off with clean, distributed backup power amid a statewide outage.

Zimbabwe finance ministry says economy to contract 6.5% this year

Oct 31, 2019 Link

As worsening drought hits hydropower and crops, Zimbabwe's economy is shrinking.

African Risk Capacity

May 13, 2019 Link

The African Risk Capacity (ARC) is a Specialized Agency of the African Union established to help African governments improve their capacities to better plan, ...

Risky Business? Climate Change, Power Planning, and Resilience in Tanzania

Oct 07, 2019 File

This paper provides a detailed case study of how the Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) framework was applied in Tanzania to help power sector ...

Pop-up solar for relief efforts

Sep 25, 2019 Link

A Cayman Islands renewable energy company has been working in the Bahamas to provide emergency power to field hospitals in remote areas. Staff from GreenTech ...

Nursing Homes Facing Life-or-Death Decisions in Power Blackouts

Sep 25, 2019 Link

As the Pacific Gas & Electric Company in California tries to reduce wildfire risk by cutting power during times of high risk, care facilities like nursing ...

Working Together to Keep the Lights on in New York City

Sep 11, 2019 Link

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Con Edison examined the future vulnerability of electrical infrastructure. Based on the results, they took action to increase ...

Watching for Wind: An Effort to Get the Upper Hand on Wildfire

Sep 11, 2019 Link

After Santa Ana winds contributed to devastating wildfires in 2007, San Diego Gas & Electric worked with partners to monitor threats posed by the wind.

Hospital Plans Ahead for Power, Serves the Community Through Hurricane Sandy

Sep 11, 2019 Link

The combined heat and power system at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut kept the lights on through Hurricane Sandy, and the system continues to support ...

Following a Devastating Tornado, Town and Hospital Rebuild to Harness Wind Energy

Sep 11, 2019 Link

After 90 percent of the town was damaged or destroyed by a tornado, Greensburg, Kansas, and Kiowa County Memorial Hospital developed a Long-Term Community ...

Asheville Climate Resilience Plan

Aug 12, 2019 Link

Asheville, NC released a climate resilience plan. They have also released a citizen’s climate actions guide available at ...


Jun 04, 2019 File

Rising sea levels pose a threat to California’s energy infrastructure and the coastal communities that it serves. To better understand this threat, this study ...

Climate and Disaster Resilience Financing in Small Island Developing States

May 22, 2019 File

Natural disasters and climate change severely affect the growth trajectory of small island developing states and their ability to achieve sustainable ...

Dominica Geothermal Risk Mitigation

May 21, 2019 File

Dominica has designed its own strategic program for climate resilience under the PPCR, a process that has led to the development of Dominica’s Low Carbon ...

Belize: Energy Resilience for Climate Adaptation

May 21, 2019 File

Belize faces high exposure to risks posed by extreme weather from tropical storms and hurricanes, the impacts of which are likely to be exacerbated because of ...

American Samoa Island Community Microgrid

May 15, 2019 Link

Ta’u, one of five volcanic islands and two atolls that makes up the unincorporated U.S. territory of American Samoa, had relied heavily on diesel generation ...

Quantifying and Monetizing Renewable Energy Resiliency

May 13, 2019 File

This article highlights the unique value renewable energy hybrid systems (REHS), comprised of solar, energy storage, and generators, provide in increasing ...

Rebuild by Design

May 13, 2019 Link

Rebuild by Design convenes a mix of sectors - including government, business, non-profit, and community organizations - to gain a better understanding of how ...

New York City Resilient Solar Roadmap

May 13, 2019 Link

NYSolar Smart DG Hub, 2017 Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York (CUNY) formed the NYSolar Smart DG Hub in order to develop the solutions to ...

Engaging Stakeholders in Assessing Vulnerabilities in the Lao PDR Power Sector

Apr 23, 2019 Link

Engaging Stakeholders in Assessing Vulnerabilities in the Lao PDR Power Sector.

Criteria for Evaluating Resilience Strategies

Apr 23, 2019 Link

Developing a resilience action plan for the Lao PDR power sector workshop: process and examples.

100 Resilient Cities

Apr 23, 2019 Link

In 2013, The Rockefeller Foundation pioneered 100 Resilient Cities to help more cities build resilience to the physical, social, and economic challenges that ...

New York Solar Smart DG Hub: Resilient Solar Project: Economic and Resiliency Impact of PV and Storage on New York Critical Infrastructure

Apr 23, 2019 Link

This report will help managers of city buildings, private building owners and managers, the resilient PV industry, and policymakers to better understand the ...

Using a Risk Matrix to Evaluate and Score Vulnerabilities for Risk

Apr 23, 2019 Link

Engaging Stakeholders in Assessing Vulnerabilities in the Lao PDR Power Sector Workshop.

Summary and Results of the Vulnerability Assessment of the Lao PDR Power Sector

Apr 23, 2019 Link

Power Sector Stakeholder Workshop: Engaging Stakeholders in Resilience Action Planning for the Lao PDR Power Sector.

Build Back Better: Reimagining and Strengthening the Power Grid of Puerto Rico

Apr 23, 2019 Link

Hurricane Irma struck Puerto Rico's northern coastline on September 6 and 7, 2017 as a Category 5 storm, knocking out power to more than one million residents ...

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Apr 23, 2019 Link

This report examines current and potential future impacts of climate trends on the U.S. energy sector. It identifies activities underway to address these ...

Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Example Project: New Jersey and New York

Apr 18, 2019 Link

On Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, made landfall along the coast of New Jersey. With wind spans up to 1,100 miles, ...

Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) for Lao PDR: Capacity Building Plan

Apr 19, 2019 File

This document describes a capacity building program on Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) for the Lao PDR electricity system. The program is ...

Understanding the Impact of Distributed Photovoltaic Adoption on Utility Revenues and Retail Electricity Tariffs in Thailand

Apr 19, 2019 File

Utilities worldwide are concerned about the financial impact of increasing distributed PV adoption among their retail customers. This report analyzes the ...

Gram, Denmark district heating system schematic

Apr 11, 2019 Link

Gram, Denmark has implemented a district heating system that incorporates solar thermal collectors, solar photovoltaics, gas engines, gas and electric boilers, ...

Energy Security on a Barrier Island, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Apr 11, 2019 File

In 2008, Hurricane Ike left Galveston flooded, leading to an evacuation, damaged infrastructure, and leaving the hospital inoperable for 90 days. To avoid this ...

Efficient district heating and cooling systems in the EU: Case studies analysis, replicable key success factors and potential policy implications

Apr 11, 2019 File

This study investigates the key success factors enabling development of high quality, efficient and low carbon district heating and cooling systems, discusses ...

Large-scale solar district heating plants in Danish smart thermal grid: Developments and recent trends

Apr 11, 2019 File

This study reviews the development of large solar district heating plants in Denmark since 2006. Large solar collector fields are very popular in district ...

Demonstration of the Energy Component of the Installation Master Plan Using the “Net Zero Energy Planner” Tool

Apr 11, 2019 File

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has developed an energy master planning (EMP) concept and the automated Net Zero Planner tool to ...