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

This Guide provides a broad framework for assessing the vulnerability of electric utility assets and operations to climate change and extreme weather and developing appropriate resilience solutions. Vulnerability assessments help utilities to determine where and under what conditions their systems may be vulnerable to rising temperatures and sea levels, changing precipitation patterns, or more frequent and severe episodes of extreme weather. Resilience plans, which are informed by the findings of the vulnerability assessments, identify solutions and prioritize climate resilience actions and investments. By completing the key steps in this Guide (Figure ES.1), utilities will develop planning-level documents that identify specific actions for managing or mitigating climate change risks.