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Investigate Climate Vulnerability of the Natural Gas System and Identify Resilience Options in the San Diego Area

30776
ICF Incorporated, L.L.C.
0
Closed
PIR-15-004
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Fairfax, VA

Project Member

Andrew Petrow

Rocket

Revell Coastal

Rocket
Rocket

San Diego Gas &amp

Rocket

Electric Company

Rocket
Lower Costs

Affordability

Cost savings to ratepayers will be realized by avoided costs of damage and service disruptions from climate change impacts, as well as avoided costs from over adapting.

Greater Reliability

Reliability

The conclusion from the study will assist SDG&E and other utilities with preparing adaptation plans to climate change, to improve reliability of natural gas service. SDG&E will be able to avoid some service interruption resulting from climate change impacts

Energy infrastructure in California's low-lying coastal zones and rugged inland terrain could be adversely impacted by permanent inundation from sea level rise, coastal flooding, or in inland zones vulnerable to landslides, wildfires, and inland flooding. However, detailed information on the threats is often insufficient to inform action, beyond resilience measures that would be undertaken for non-climate reasons. This project improves understanding of vulnerabilities and adaptation measures for natural gas infrastructure within the SDG&E territory so that appropriate policy and planning decisions can be made.

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By analyzing potential climate change-driven impacts to the San Diego area gas system, the research team generated flexible adaptation pathways to help utilities adapt to climate change hazards while managing uncertainty. The results show many gas assets will potentially experience increased exposure to sea level rise-driven coastal hazards, wildfire, extreme heat, inland flooding, and landslides. Overall, natural gas assets and services are expected to experience limited impacts from the climate hazards investigated in this study. The team developed flexible adaptation pathways. The pathway is created to manage uncertainty by making and adjusting adaptation decisions as new information on climate and non-climate variables becomes available. The project is part of the California 4th climate assessment. The final report will be part of the assessment reports published in late 2018.

SDG&E (a funding partner for this project) will use this research to identify feasible climate adaptation measures that will increase reliability and lower overall costs to the utility and its ratepayers. SDG&E is also sharing the results of this study with the U.S. Department of Energy via its Partnership for Energy Sector Climate Resilience, which is being coordinated with the California Public Utilities Commission/California Energy Commission Adaptation Working Group.

Identifying adaptation measure to reduce vulnerabilities of the natural gas system to climate impacts

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Irvine, CA

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Assessment of Fugitive Emissions from the Natural Gas System-Commercial Buildings

30779
Institute of Gas Technology dba GTI Energy
1
Ended
PIR-15-003
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Tech Partner 2

Des Plaines, IL

37th
68th
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Larry Brand

R&D Director
Rocket

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Rocket
Environmental & Public Health

Environmental Sustainability

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The project is completed. The researchers developed measurement techniques for fugitive emissions from piping components and combustion equipment and validated them in the field for most of the commercial equipment encountered. The majority of those fugitive emissions came from a relatively small number of appliance and piping component types. This suggests it may be possible to significantly reduce fugitive emissions from the commercial food service sector by identifying and repairing a relatively small number of problem areas. The results are shared with the California Air Resource Board (CARB). CARB is considering using the results from this study and other Energy Commission funded methane emission studies to improve its GHG inventory.

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Developing a field method to plan, conduct, and analyze measurements of fugitive methane leaks/emissions from commercial buildings in California.

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$599,891
$0
$579,830
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0

Various, CA

Davis, CA

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Investigate Climate Vulnerability of the Natural Gas System and Identify Resilience Options in the San Diego Area

30776
ICF Incorporated, L.L.C.
0
Closed
PIR-15-004
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Andrew Petrow

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Revell Coastal

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Rocket

San Diego Gas &amp

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Electric Company

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Affordability

Cost savings to ratepayers will be realized by avoided costs of damage and service disruptions from climate change impacts, as well as avoided costs from over adapting.

Greater Reliability

Reliability

The conclusion from the study will assist SDG&E and other utilities with preparing adaptation plans to climate change, to improve reliability of natural gas service. SDG&E will be able to avoid some service interruption resulting from climate change impacts

Energy infrastructure in California's low-lying coastal zones and rugged inland terrain could be adversely impacted by permanent inundation from sea level rise, coastal flooding, or in inland zones vulnerable to landslides, wildfires, and inland flooding. However, detailed information on the threats is often insufficient to inform action, beyond resilience measures that would be undertaken for non-climate reasons. This project improves understanding of vulnerabilities and adaptation measures for natural gas infrastructure within the SDG&E territory so that appropriate policy and planning decisions can be made.

The goal of the project is to develop an understanding of climate-related hazard vulnerability and adaptation options in the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) territory at a level of detail appropriate for informing energy sector policy and planning. The recipient is partnering with SDG&E to conduct a detailed, robust climate change vulnerability assessment and identify and evaluate appropriate adaptation measures. Possible adaptation measures are determined using literature reviews, interviews with key experts, modeling, and workshop elicitation. Potential direct and indirect impacts and adaptation measures are evaluated at an asset-by-asset level, and through system wide assessment. This provides a suite of practical, actionable climate change adaptation measures optimized to SDG&E's natural gas system and customer needs.

By analyzing potential climate change-driven impacts to the San Diego area gas system, the research team generated flexible adaptation pathways to help utilities adapt to climate change hazards while managing uncertainty. The results show many gas assets will potentially experience increased exposure to sea level rise-driven coastal hazards, wildfire, extreme heat, inland flooding, and landslides. Overall, natural gas assets and services are expected to experience limited impacts from the climate hazards investigated in this study. The team developed flexible adaptation pathways. The pathway is created to manage uncertainty by making and adjusting adaptation decisions as new information on climate and non-climate variables becomes available. The project is part of the California 4th climate assessment. The final report will be part of the assessment reports published in late 2018.

SDG&E (a funding partner for this project) will use this research to identify feasible climate adaptation measures that will increase reliability and lower overall costs to the utility and its ratepayers. SDG&E is also sharing the results of this study with the U.S. Department of Energy via its Partnership for Energy Sector Climate Resilience, which is being coordinated with the California Public Utilities Commission/California Energy Commission Adaptation Working Group.

Identifying adaptation measure to reduce vulnerabilities of the natural gas system to climate impacts

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Irvine, CA

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Assessment of Fugitive Emissions from the Natural Gas System-Commercial Buildings

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Institute of Gas Technology dba GTI Energy
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Des Plaines, IL

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68th
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Larry Brand

R&D Director
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Rocket
Environmental & Public Health

Environmental Sustainability

The project results assist in quantification of after-the-meter methane leakages from commercial sectors. This information will help California's efforts to reduce greenhouse gases by informing the greenhouse gas inventory calculation managed by the California Air Resource Board. This project began the process of better estimating the impact of these sectors on total statewide emissions.

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The project is completed. The researchers developed measurement techniques for fugitive emissions from piping components and combustion equipment and validated them in the field for most of the commercial equipment encountered. The majority of those fugitive emissions came from a relatively small number of appliance and piping component types. This suggests it may be possible to significantly reduce fugitive emissions from the commercial food service sector by identifying and repairing a relatively small number of problem areas. The results are shared with the California Air Resource Board (CARB). CARB is considering using the results from this study and other Energy Commission funded methane emission studies to improve its GHG inventory.

This project collected methane emission data from California's commercial building sector. This is the first time emissions from this sector have been systematically studied. The findings from this study were shared with the California Air Resources Board to improve estimations of methane emissions from buildings, which are essential to ensure that the State develops well-informed emission reduction strategies.

Developing a field method to plan, conduct, and analyze measurements of fugitive methane leaks/emissions from commercial buildings in California.

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Various, CA

Davis, CA

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