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Nearly Half of Western U.S. Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change

June 1, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Power Plant Risk

The desert Southwest will be the hardest hit.

The ever-worsening effects of climate change could hamper electric generating capacity in the Western United States during peak summertime energy use by about 3 percent on average, and up to nearly 9 percent if there is ongoing drought.[read more]

What the Water Sector Could Learn from the Electric Side

March 7, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Water Waste and Energy Efficiency

We know smart water meters are a critical component to better understanding our water use, but smart meters are only one part of the equation. What we really need is a smart water system. A more intelligent system could help people better understand their use and how to adjust behavior accordingly.[read more]

Preventing Sea Level Rise in New York City While Cleaning the Air in India and China

February 25, 2015 by Steven Cohen

The New York City Panel on Climate Change predicted a hot and stormy future for the city. They are spending $20 billion to help ensure it can adapt to a more difficult future, but if the panel's prediction of two feet of sea level rise comes to pass, we will need many multiples of $20 billion to protect New York.[read more]

Obama Plan Helps Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather Brought on by Climate Change

July 18, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Climate Change and Resiliency

New Yorkers remember all too well the alarm we felt as Superstorm Sandy pounded our city. Apartment buildings and hospitals were swamped, and entire neighborhoods went without power for days. And city officials and residents wondered: will we be ready next time?[read more]

5 Climate Charts That Should Deeply Worry the Electricity Sector

May 13, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Electricity Sector and Risk

The federal government very recently released its third National Climate Assessment. The 800-page report highlights alarming data about the threat of storms, droughts, heat waves and other severe events that could disrupt energy infrastructure.[read more]