As more and more cities begin to confront the potentially devastating impacts of climate changed-induced severe weather events, the power sector must be considered. Weather-related blackouts in the U.S. have doubled since 2003. Major weather-related blackouts cost Americans an estimated $20-55 billion annually, and lack of preparedness for increasingly extreme weather puts people, infrastructure, and the economy at risk.
Clean Energy Group’s new report, What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning, describes a plan of action for cities to become more “power resilient” using new technologies like solar and battery storage, which can be more reliable than diesel generators to protect vulnerable populations from harm due to power outages caused by severe weather.
In this webinar, Clean Energy Group President Lew Milford and Senior Finance Director Rob Sanders discussed this recent report and its recommendations for cities.
Guest speaker Kristin Baja, Climate and Resilience Planner for the City of Baltimore, discussed Baltimore’s Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3) and their efforts to begin implementing resilient power projects.
Laurie Reilly and Erica Helson from Sustainable CUNY presented on New York’s Solar Smart DG Hub, which is developing a strategic pathway to integrating resilient PV systems into the NYC infrastructure.
Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf at: http://www.cesa.org/assets/Uploads/RPP-Resilient-Cities-webinar-slides-4.2.15.pdf
This webinar was a presentation of Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project.