Power Sector Resilience: Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning

Various threats—natural, technological, and human-caused—can compromise the safety, reliability, and affordability of power delivery. Among these threats is climate change, which can affect power generation, transmission, distribution, and the ability to meet demand by driving changes in rainfall amount and distribution; rising temperatures and more intense heat waves; sea level rise and storm surge; more frequent large wildfires; more frequent and intense droughts; and related hazards, such as flooding and landslides. As the climate warms throughout the century, these stressors are expected to continue to intensify. As a result, it is in power providers’ interest to consider potential climate impacts when undertaking long-term power system investment planning.