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Storm Hardening in a Climate Change Context

Submitted by Élyse Fournier 10th August 2017 14:39



In 2012, New York City (NYC) suffered serious flood damage due to Superstorm Sandy. The storm spurred NYC to adopt a strategic approach to climate change resilience. In 2013, NYC convened an expert panel to update its city-level climate change projections. The Mayor’s office also published a municipal-resilience plan calling for 250 initiatives worth a total of US$15 billion. NYC’s actions have helped to promote and shape the climate resilience decisions of ConEdison, a gas, electricity and steam provider. It is a perfect example of how cities can promote and support power utilities (see figure CS5.1). A week following Superstorm Sandy, ConEdison established a goal of hardening its critical facilities before the next hurricane season. It identified US$1 billion worth of capital investments for 2013-2016. Part of these investments had already been identified as necessary, but Superstorm Sandy and NYC’s climate change projections created a need to act urgently. Furthermore, a collaboration with NYC and other stakeholders led ConEdison to approve new resilience actions.

At a Glance

Industry sector: Transmission, Distribution, and Transfer
Type of resources: Generic
Type of energy: Electricity Heat Fuel
Adaptation type: Management Design and operation standards, guidelines, tools and schedules Physical Equipment protection, upgrades and alternative materials
Organization: Con Edison New York State
Organization type: Government Utility