A Co-Produced Climate Data and Analytics Platform to Support California's Electricity Resilience Investments

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Eagle Rock Analytics

Recipient

Sacramento, CA

Recipient Location

6th

Senate District

7th

Assembly District

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$162,164

Amount Spent

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Active

Project Status

Project Update

Preliminary user and beneficiary engagement and initial workshop is complete. The engagement process included anonymized interviews and communication of project goals. The team conducted a three-day workshop, held remotely, in September 2021 to engage state agencies and other interested parties or users in the Platform’s potential use cases.

The Issue

A warmer and more variable climate has challenged the reliability and safety of California's electricity grid and has contributed to, for example, rolling blackouts and public safety power shut offs. Efforts to make California's increasingly renewable grid more resilient to further climate change require actionable information that directly supports planning and decision making. Despite scientific advances improving the ability of models to describe regional impacts of climate change, the "last mile" challenge of translating scientific data to actionable, impactful information for planning remains to be addressed.

Project Innovation

The Recipient will develop a stakeholder-informed, state-of-the-art climate data platform that provides actionable, user-informed climate data and analytics. Novel next-generation analytics will provide users with assessments of a range of possible outcomes, enhanced through metrics that convert climate data into electricity sector specific formulations and direct users to the most relevant scenarios for their specific applications. The cloud-based data platform will provide unprecedented computational resources to users, pre-loaded with easy-to-access capacity for the transformation of climate data into stakeholder identified formats, with supporting analytics guiding users to best practices and solutions for specific contexts. Continual outreach will focus on educating and supporting users of the data platform.

Project Benefits

This Agreement will result in the ratepayer benefits of greater electricity reliability, increased safety and lowered costs.

Greater Reliability

Reliability

Stakeholder-informed use cases identified will allow IOUs to plan for and make scientifically-informed investments that target resources toward building a grid that is more reliable in the face of future climate extremes (e.g., reduced brownouts associated with extreme heat).

Increase Safety

Safety

Stakeholder-informed use cases identified will allow IOUs to plan for and make scientifically-informed investments that target resources toward building a grid that is safer in the face of future climate extremes (e.g., more strategically targeted, effective, yet limited PSPS from wildfire).

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