Publications

Power Sector Resilience Planning Guidebook

Jul 11, 2019 File

A Self-Guided Reference for Practitioners

Increasing the Security and Resilience of the Electric Power System

May 13, 2019 File

This fact sheet describes ongoing work on developing a security and resilience methodology and modeling tool set that incorporates value metrics and use-case ...

Vulnerability Assessment and Resiliency Planning: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Process and Best Practices

May 13, 2019 Link

In 2014, NREL worked with Abt Environmental Research to develop a vulnerability assessment and resiliency action plan as part of NREL’s Climate Change ...

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 ...

The Value of Resilience for Distributed Energy Resources: An Overview of Current Analytical Practices

May 13, 2019 Link

This paper reviews current practices for calculating the value of resilience with a focus on valuing resilient DERs installed within the distribution system. ...

Promoting Resilience in the Energy Sector

Apr 19, 2019 File

This report describes the workshop proceedings and outcomes of a three-day workshop focusing on capacity-building training on the methodology for evaluating ...

Making the energy sector more resilient to climate change

Apr 19, 2019 File

The energy sector faces multiple threats from climate change, in particular from extreme weather events and increasing stress on water resources. Greater ...

Enhancing Power Sector Resilience: Emerging Practices to Manage Weather and Geological Risks

Apr 19, 2019 File

Over the past 20 years, natural disasters have become more frequent, and the costs of associated damages and losses are rising. In 2012 alone, the 357 natural ...

Guidelines for Climate Proofing Investment in the Energy Sector

Apr 18, 2019 File

Asian Development Bank While the exposure and vulnerability to climate will depend upon the nature and type of infrastructure as well as its location, the ...

Bridging Climate Change Resilience and Mitigation in the Electricity Sector Through Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Apr 18, 2019 File

Energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) technical solutions described in this paper can bridge action across climate change mitigation and resilience ...

Climate Change and the Electricity Sector: Guide for Climate Change Resilience Planning

Apr 18, 2019 File

This Guide provides a broad framework for assessing the vulnerability of electric utility assets and operations to climate change and extreme weather and ...

Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide

Aug 22, 2019 Link

The Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide offers a methodology for identifying, assessing and managing climate risks to enhance the resilience of ...

Solar Under Storm: Select Best Practices for Resilient Ground-Mount PV Systems with Hurricane Exposure

Apr 24, 2019 Link

The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active in history. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought widespread destruction throughout the Caribbean. In ...

Vulnerability Assessment Methodologies: A Review of the Literature

Apr 18, 2019 File

This literature review provides an overview of the tools and methods used to measure vulnerability, as pertains to development interventions focused on ...

Climate Vulnerability Assessment: An Annex to the USAID Climate-Resilient Development Framework

Apr 18, 2019 File

A climate vulnerability analysis can identify the what, where, when, and why of vulnerability, considering the social, economic, and environmental systems upon ...

Conceptual Framework for Developing Resilience Metrics for the Electricity, Oil, and Gas Sectors in the United States

May 20, 2019 File

This report addresses the topics of measuring and increasing energy resilience, including definitions, means of measuring, and analytic methodologies that can ...

A Review of Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: Current Practices and Lessons Learned from DOE's Partnership for Energy Sector Climate Resilience

Apr 23, 2019 Link

Changes in climate and extreme weather, including increasing temperatures, decreasing water availability, more intense storm events, and sea level rise have ...

Microgrid-Ready Solar PV - Planning for Resiliency

Apr 19, 2019 File

This fact sheet provides background information on microgrids with suggested language for several up-front considerations that can be added to a solar project ...

Microgrid Resilience: A holistic approach for assessing threats, identifying vulnerabilities, and designing corresponding mitigation strategies

Apr 09, 2020 Link

In the event of grid outages, microgrids can provide a backup source of power; providing resilience to the critical loads; however, this requires that the ...

FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT CHAPTER 4: ENERGY SUPPLY, DELIVERY, AND DEMAND

Apr 22, 2019 Link

The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) focuses on the human welfare, societal, and environmental elements of climate change and variability for 10 ...

Solar PV Storm Hardening Cost Considerations

Jun 22, 2020 Link

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power has many advantages as a resilient power source, including the ability to provide power after a natural disaster. While solar ...

Getting the Most out of Grid Modernization

Apr 18, 2019 Link

The risk vs. reward calculus looks different in a regulated utility context than it does in a competitive market. Keeping these differences in mind, these ...

Distributed Generation to Support Development-Focused Climate Action

Apr 18, 2019 File

This paper explores the role of DG, with a high renewable energy contribution, in supporting low emission climate resilient development. The paper presents ...

Climate Change Vulnerability Mapping for Southeast Asia

Apr 18, 2019 File

This paper provides information on the sub-national areas (regions/districts/provinces) most vulnerable to climate change impacts in Southeast Asia. This ...

Distributed Solar PV for Electricity System Resiliency: Policy and Regulatory Considerations

Apr 19, 2019 File

This paper specifies the goals of power resiliency and explains the reasons that most distributed PV systems as installed today are technically incapable of ...

Getting Wind and Solar onto the Grid

Apr 19, 2019 File

This recently released report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) provides a comprehensive review and clarification of the challenges and solutions for ...

Storm Hardening and Resiliency Collaborative Phase Three Report

Apr 23, 2019 File

Super Storm Sandy struck the eastern coast of the United States in 2012, devastating communities and energy systems. This report documents a local utility's ...

Before And After The Storm

Apr 23, 2019 Link

A compilation of recent studies, programs, and policies related to storm hardening and resiliency, including measures or undergrounding, vegetation management, ...

Distributed Energy Planning for Climate Resilience

Apr 23, 2019 Link

Climate resilient solutions are being adopted and implemented at various levels of government across the United States and globally. Solutions vary based on ...

Electricity grid cybersecurity will be expensive – who will pay, and how much?

May 21, 2019 Link

Power systems face threats from cyberattacks that could cost billions. Who should pay for these preventative measures and how should the benefits be ...

Measuring the Resilience of Energy Distribution Systems

Jun 04, 2019 File

This report summarizes the concepts addressed by measures of resilience, describes a framework for organizing alternative metrics used to measure resilience of ...

ELEMENTS: Engaging with the Green Climate Fund

Jul 02, 2019 File

A resource guide for national designated authorities and focal points of recipient countries

COMPARATIVE STUDY OF TECHNOECONOMICS OF LITHIUM-ION AND LEAD-ACID BATTERIES IN MICROGRIDS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Aug 09, 2019 Link

Micro-grids will be a critical element of extending modern electricity services to the roughly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who currently lack it, ...

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

Sep 11, 2019 File

Much of the energy infrastructure in the United States is located near the coasts, where it may be exposed to weather and climate-related hazards such as ...

Power Sector Resilience Planning Guidebook

Jan 23, 2020 Link

A Self-Guided Reference for Practitioners

Adapting to Fire: How Cities Can Enhance Resilience with Distributed Energy

Mar 10, 2020 Link

As California experienced uncharacteristically low precipitation in February, normally its peak rainy season, parts of the state are moving into drought ...

COVID-19 AND THE POWER SECTOR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: IMPACTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Jun 16, 2020 Link

Southeast (SE) Asia, a region of rapid economic growth and increasing energy demand, faced unique power sector vulnerabilities (such as exposure to natural ...

Guide to the Distributed Energy Resources Cybersecurity Framework

Jul 09, 2020 Link

DERs contribute to increased connectivity within energy systems and their components, thus increasing the attack surface that a threat actor can target. The ...

A Playbook for Resiliency: Creating Opportunities for all Texans

Jul 14, 2020 File

While specifically geared towards Texas's resilient and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, this report presents nine principles and actions that ...