Energy vulnerabilities from climate change, severe weather

The Department of Energy today released a report assessing vulnerabilities of the nation’s energy infrastructure as a result of global climate change and increased severe weather events, including greater risk of shutdown of power plants (coal, nuclear, etc.) and possible loss of hydroelectric generation due to droughts.

The DOE report also identified “increasing risks of physical damage to power lines, transformers and electricity distribution systems from hurricanes, storms and wildfires that are growing more intense and more frequent.” The new report looks at some of the ways to tackle these challenges to the energy supplies and possible ways to “harden” existing facilities.

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