More information at: eesi.org/briefings/view/072514northeast
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining the current and projected impacts of climate change in the Northeast and regional efforts to manage these risks.
Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University; Convening Lead Author, National Climate Assessment Chapter on the Northeast
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/Radley-Horton-072514.pdf
Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/Scott-Davis-072514.pdf
Director of the Office of Recovery and Resiliency, New York City
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/Dan-Zarrilli-072514.pdf
Vice-President, RAND Corporation; Director, RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/Debra-Knopman-072514.pdf
Question & Answer Session:
The Northeast is home to approximately 64 million people and is one of the most built-up environments in the world. Since much of the population and infrastructure is located along the coast, this region is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, as was most clearly seen when Hurricanes Irene and Sandy struck in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Between 1958 and 2010, the Northeast experienced a 70 percent increase in the amount of precipitation falling during very heavy events.
The Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), which was released on May 6, projects that climate change will further threaten the region’s environmental, social, and economic systems. While many of the states and municipalities in the Northeast have developed plans to mitigate and adapt to the threats of climate change, implementation is still in the early stages. How have federal, state, and local government initiatives acted to increase resiliency against current and future impacts of climate change? What more can and should be done to reduce these risks?
The NCA defines the Northeast as the “high-density urban coastal corridor from Washington D.C. to Boston,” and includes the 12 states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. The NCA states that private and public infrastructure will be increasingly compromised by sea level rise, coastal flooding, and intense precipitation events. Infrastructure at significant risk includes networks for energy supply, transportation, communications, water supply, and wastewater treatment. The potential regional and national economic impacts—absent investment for adaptation—are staggering. The direct effects of more frequent flooding and extreme heat events, compounded by infrastructure failures, could lead to increased health risks and death rates for the region’s residents, especially its most disadvantaged populations (i.e., the elderly, children, low-income individuals). Warmer weather may result in a longer growing season, which has mixed implications for the region’s agricultural sector.# vimeo.com/102333394 Uploaded
Learn more at eesi.org/briefings/view/071714midwest
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining the current and projected impacts of climate change in the Midwest, as well as strategies being developed to mitigate the associated risks. Speakers:
Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, University of Michigan; National Climate Assessment Author
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/Rosina-Bierbaum-071714.pdf
Mayor, Carmel, IN; Member of White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/James-Brainard-071714.pdf
Director of the Office of Environment & Sustainability, City of Cincinnati, OH
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/Larry-Falkin-071714.pdf
Managing Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/Jeremy-Emmi-071714.pdf
The Midwest (defined in the National Climate Assessment as Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio) has about 20 percent of the nation's population, and produces 19 percent of the nation's GDP. According to the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), climate change has wide-reaching impacts in the region, affecting the agricultural industry, the Great Lakes, northern forests, the energy system, and public health, generally in detrimental ways. In addition, the Midwest's economy is highly energy-intensive, releasing 22 percent more greenhouse gas emissions per capita than the U.S. average. Briefing speakers discussed how reducing emissions and taking action to improve the resilience and adaptation of Midwest communities, businesses, and farms can help mitigate climate change-exacerbated economic and social stresses.
Midwest agriculture had a value of $135.6 billion and produced 65 percent of U.S. corn and soybeans in 2012, but faces a 19 percent decline by mid-century without action to mitigate the impacts of climate change [according to the Risky Business Report, commissioned by Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson and Tom Steyer]. Future crop yields and economic activity in the region are threatened by increasing numbers of floods, droughts, heat waves, and late spring freezes. The Midwest is also home to a thriving tourism industry, drawn to the Great Lakes and northern forests. However, pollution and the pressure of invasive species, compounded by changing pest and disease prevalence, is disturbing these ecosystems. Forest composition is changing, and the Great Lakes are experiencing increased algal blooms which harm water quality, habitats and aesthetics.
Public health is a risk issue as well, as a majority of the Midwest's population lives in cities which will experience increased humidity, heat waves and flooding, as well as worsening air and water quality. During 2011, eleven of the fourteen $1 billion+ weather-related disasters affected the Midwest. The NCA projects an increase in the frequency and intensity of these extreme weather events.# vimeo.com/101441607 Uploaded
More information at: eesi.org/061014transmission301
WIRES and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing about the key challenges and opportunities facing electric transmission infrastructure development.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, North American Electric Reliability Corp.
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/Charles-Berardesco-061014.pdf
Vice President, ICF International Energy Advisory & Solutions
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/Harry-Vidas-061014.pdf
Vice President of External Affairs, ISO-New England; former Connecticut DPUC Commissioner
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/Anne-George-061014.pdf
Senior Vice President of Business Development, AltaLink
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/Steven-Burtch-061014.pdf
General Counsel, Clean Line Energy Partners
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/Cary-Kottler-061014.pdf
Moderator; Husch Blackwell LLP, WIRES Counsel and former Chairman of FERC
Download Slides: eesi.org/files/James-Hoecker-061014.pdf
In light of Super Storm Sandy, the attack on the Metcalf Substation in California, and growing cyber threats to the grid, transmission owners, planners, and operators are devising new approaches to ensure high levels of reliability and grid security. Second, the magnitude of the current need to ensure efficient power markets and access to diverse energy resources makes development of robust transmission infrastructure a national priority. The shale gas revolution provides an additional reason to strategically plan the expansion and modernization of the grid while addressing pipeline constraints and access to renewable resources. Finally, these developments are being dealt with in a more competitive bulk power environment, including competition to own, build, and construct important new transmission facilities. New entities and joint ventures are emerging to augment the historical role of incumbent load-serving entities with respect to strengthening the grid regionally and inter-regionally.
This program followed our "Transmission 201" in March and was held in conjunction with the forthcoming briefing by EESI and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) on June 18. WIRES is a national non-profit association of investor-, cooperatively-, and publicly-owned companies that promote investment in the high-voltage electric transmission system, to ensure reliable, reasonably priced electricity, access to diverse resources, and competitive markets (wiresgroup.com).# vimeo.com/98349890 Uploaded
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