Visualizing Climate-Related Risks to the Electricity System using Cal-Adapt
Providing historical and projected data, and innovative tools and visualizations, to convey climate change risk and impacts on California’s electrricity system.
In November 2019, CPUC issued Decision 19-10-054 (Phase 1 of Adaptation Rulemaking18-04-019), which defines climate adaptation for investor-owned energy utilities in the state and directs IOUs to Cal-Adapt as a source of acceptable data for making resilient investments. In summer of 2019, the project final report was developed and submitted for publication.
This project developed an interactive web-based platform to provide electricity system stakeholders with actionable data pertaining to local climate risks. The project developed web-based visualization applications depicting climate-related risks of relevance to the electricity infrastructure. The project also provided for access to climate, sea-level rise, hydrological, and wildfire projections associated with California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment. Data access is key to enabling integration of projected climate into infrastructure planning and risk management. As articulated by electricity investor-owned utilities in the 2017 IEPR Adaptation Workshop, Cal-Adapt 2.0 is an instrumental tool for developing and implementing locally-appropriate adaptation options in the electricity sector.
Integrated planning supported by this project helps prepare for service reliability in a changing climate. For example, as discussed at the 2017 IEPR Adaptation Workshop, SDG&E is using Cal-Adapt to support a review of transmissi
Integrated planning supported by this project helps stabilize the grid and reduce system outages.