Work with Utilities on Demand Response

With the ever-growing need for reliable energy, utilities are focusing more on strengthening resilience and mitigating risks in the face of extreme weather events. Explore the resources below to learn how working with your utilities can enhance resilience and natural disaster response.

Tools and Resources from Better Buildings

The Guide for Distributed Generation (DG) Resilience Planning
Guidance Document
A guide for distributed generation planning that focuses on critical infrastructure, CHP, solar and energy storage, and microgrids. This is geared towards decision-makers such as policymakers and utilities, with a variety of helpful background resources.

Combined Heat and Power for Resiliency
Resource Hub
The Better Buildings CHP for Resiliency Accelerator worked to support and expand the consideration of CHP solutions to keep critical infrastructure operational every day and night regardless of external events. As a collaborative effort with states, communities, utilities, and other stakeholders, Partners examined the perceptions of CHP among resiliency planners, identified gaps in current technologies or information relative to resiliency needs, and developed plans for communities to capitalize on CHP’s strengths as a reliable, high-efficiency, lower-emissions electricity and heating/cooling source for critical infrastructure. This page is geared towards states, communities, utilities, and other stakeholders.

Other Resources

Case Study: Consolidated Edison Climate Change Vulnerability Study
ConEdison and ICF
This 2019 study describes historical and projected climate changes across Con Edison’s service territory and evaluates present-day infrastructure, design specifications, and procedures against expected climate changes to better understand Con Edison’s vulnerability to climate-driven risks. This analysis identified sea-level rise, coastal storm surge, inland flooding from intense rainfall, hurricane-strength winds, and extreme heat as the most significant climate-driven risks to Con Edison’s systems.

Case Studies of Natural Gas Sector Resilience
The Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) developed this study to better understand how recent natural disasters have impacted natural gas and other key sectors, how these sectors remained resilient in the face of such disasters, and how natural gas utilities can better prepare for future events. The study team developed case studies for the following natural disasters: Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricanes Irma and Michael in Florida, the October 2017 wildfires in northern California, the December 2017 wildfires and subsequent mudslides in southern California, and the November 2018 wildfires in southern California.

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