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Improving power infrastructure resilience to extreme weather and climate change – call for abstracts

In 2012, Superstorm Sandy hit New York City and the New Jersey coast. It brought an unprecedented storm surge and consequent flooding that caused havoc to electrical power supplies. Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power for several days.

Sandy showed the crucial need to ensure power sector resilience to extreme weather events. This is particularly important in the context of climate change: a recent DNV GL study shows how a Sandy-like storm under future climate conditions is likely to be even more destructive. In fact, a changing climate threatens the entire electricity value chain, from interruptions in fuel supply, to damage to transmission lines, through to changes in demand.

But how can and should the power sector adapt to reduce the impact of climate change on electrical systems? There are no simple answers. Investment decisions are complicated by a number of factors, including:

  1. Uncertainty over frequency, duration and intensity of extreme events;
  2. Risk tolerance;
  3. Acceptance of investments; and
  4. Balancing near-term infrastructural cost against longer-term risks from climate change.

Join us

DNV GL will be exploring these uncertainties and trade-offs during our conference session on Climate change and power infrastructure: Adaptation needs of electric power systems in May at the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA 2015).

ECCA provides a unique platform for business, policymakers, and academia to share new practical implementation experiences, novel policy developments, and new research on climate change impacts and adaptation.

In particular, the power system session will probe innovative risk management approaches that draw special attention to the costs and benefits of different adaptation measures. Power sector specialists focusing on the urban environment may also be interested in the conference session A systems perspective for smarter cities, also organized by DNV GL.

If you would like to be a part of our panel and contribute to the resulting position paper, we are keen to hear from you. The conference organizing committee is accepting abstract submissions now, with a deadline of 1st February.

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