The Partnership for Energy Sector Climate Resilience is an initiative to enhance U.S. energy security by improving the resilience of energy infrastructure to extreme weather and climate change impacts. The goal is to accelerate investment in technologies, practices, and policies that will enable a resilient 21st century energy system. Under this Partnership, owners and operators of energy assets will develop and pursue strategies to reduce climate and weather-related vulnerabilities. Collectively, these Partners and the Department of Energy (DOE) will develop resources to facilitate risk-based decision making and pursue cost-effective strategies for a more climate-resilient U.S. energy infrastructure.
Partners Agree to:
Commit… Identify priority climate vulnerabilities and develop resilience strategies
Take Action… Identify and pursue priority resilience strategies, and assess costs and benefits of investments
Measure and Report Results… Share experiences with climate resilience activities implemented and progress in enhancing resilience
DOE Agrees to:
Facilitate… Share information and technical assistance on climate science, emerging climate resilience best practices, technologies and policies
Assist… Develop and deploy tools for assessing vulnerabilities, employing user-friendly climate data, and evaluate the costs and benefits of climate resilience investments
Recognize… Provide national recognition to Partners for implementing measures to enhance energy infrastructure resilience
Current List of Partners:
Austin Energy is the nation's 8th largest publicly owned electric utility, serving nearly 500,000 customer accounts and more than 1 million residents in Greater Austin. Operations are funded entirely through energy sales and services, and the utility operates within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas statewide market. Austin Energy has Transmission and Distribution System Assets: including: Distribution Lines - 11,429 miles; Transmission Lines - 623 miles; Distribution Substations - 60; Transmission Substations -14; Overhead Distribution Transformers - 43,268; Pad Mount Distribution Transformers - 35,623; and Power Poles - 150,835. Austin Energy continues to excel in the system average interruption frequency, systems average interruption duration and average transmission line performance. Innovative programs that benefit enhanced resilience include: Austin Energy Green Building - Austin Energy launched the first Green Building program in the nation; more than 10,000 Austin homes are Green Building rated; Climate Protection - Their Generation, Resource and Climate Protection Plan envisions Austin Energy achieving a 55 percent renewable energy supply by 2025; and Energy Efficiency - Through their energy efficiency achievements, the utility has been able to save 700 MW from 1982–2006. An additional 900 MW energy avoidance goal has been set for 2025, and as of 2013, Austin Energy has already avoided 376 MW toward that goal.
Consolidated Edison of New York is the parent company for two utilities: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, which provides electric, gas, and steam utility services; and Orange & Rockland Utilities' (O&R) electric and gas utility services. Con Edison of New York provides electric service to approximately 3.3 million customers and gas service to approximately 1.1 million customers in New York City and Westchester County. The company also provides steam service in parts of Manhattan. O&R provides electric service to 301,000 customers in southeastern New York and adjacent areas of northern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania and gas service to 130,000 customers in southeastern New York and adjacent areas of eastern Pennsylvania.
Virginia Power is an electric distribution company that services customers in the state of Virginia, and is a subsidiary of Dominion Resources. Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 24,600 megawatts of generation, 12,400 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,455 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 949 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves utility and retail energy customers in 12 states.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $12 billion and approximately 13,000 employees. Entergy’s environmental strategy includes assessing and implementing adaptation measures to mitigate the physical risks of climate change. These measures include improving the resilience of generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure as well as helping prepare Entergy communities and preserve local economies.
Exelon Corporation Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. The company is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with approximately 32,500 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. Its Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to more than 2.5 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity (7,519 miles of transmission lines) and natural gas to more than 7.8 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO). Exelon is mindful that climate change may result in increased volatility in weather and demand, and believes that a reliable and resilient electric grid requires fuel diversity and continued transmission and distribution investment. The company is making substantial investments to ensure that the electric grid is more efficient and resilient for customers.
Great River Energy is a not-for-profit electric transmission and generation cooperative owned by its 28 member cooperatives. Collectively, the cooperative serves nearly 650,000 member-consumers, or about 1.7 million people. It is the second largest electric power supplier in Minnesota. Great River Energy offers more than 3,500 megawatts of generation capability that consists of a diverse mix of baseload and peaking power plants, including coal, refuse-derived fuel, natural gas and fuel oil, as well as wind generation.
Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative providing wholesale electric power and services to 18 member distribution cooperatives in central and southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois, serving 300,000 electric customers. Based in Bloomington, Indiana, Hoosier Energy operates coal, natural gas, and renewable energy power plants with 2,014 MW of generation capacity and delivers power through a 1,700-mile transmission network. The cooperative has standardized minimum wood pole strengths above those required by the Rural Utilities Service design guides in order to improve resiliency to extreme events. In addition, Hoosier Energy owns and operates five mobile substations at four different operating voltages in order to expedite return to service times of distribution substations in rural areas.
Iberdrola USA is a subsidiary of Iberdrola, S.A., and operates three main business units in the U.S. Iberdrola USA Networks, Inc. operates electric and gas distribution networks in New York and Maine, safely delivering natural gas and electricity to nearly three million customers. Iberdrola Renewables has approximately 5,800 megawatts of wind-powered electric generation capacity in 19 states. Iberdrola Energy Holdings is an independent gas storage operator and gas trader in the country with more than 130 billion cubic feet of gas storage. Iberdrola USA has initiated numerous measures to address system resilience and reliability through increased use of technology and automation, new operations and maintenance procedures, and focused capital investments including increased redundancy for critical components, and upgraded facilities and equipment.
National Grid is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization). National Grid understands that extreme weather is the new normal, and that the only way to ensure resiliency in our networks is through thoughtful investments in technology and our infrastructure.
New York Power Authority (NYPA) is the nation's largest state public power utility, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities (5,450 MW) and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no state tax money or credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned largely through electricity sales. Our energy efficiency projects save New Yorkers hundreds of millions of dollars per year, cut annual oil use by more than 2.7 million barrels and offset the release of approximately 890,000 tons of greenhouse gases. The low-cost, reliable power NYPA produces is sold to businesses that commit to retain or create jobs, nonprofit organizations, community-owned electric systems, rural electric cooperatives and government entities. NYPA has evaluated its generating and transmission facilities to identify areas susceptible to extreme weather and future climate change. It is exploring ways to protect its facilities and is reviewing equipment enhancements in preparation for future climate change.
Pepco Holdings, Inc. is one of the largest energy delivery companies in the Mid-Atlantic region, serving about 2 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and New Jersey. PHI subsidiaries include three utilities: Pepco, which delivers electricity to more than 800,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia; Delmarva Power, which delivers electricity to more than 500,000 customers in Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula, and over 122,000 natural gas customers in northern Delaware; and Atlantic City Electric, which delivers electricity to 545,000 customers in southern New Jersey.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, the company is a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation. PG&E provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 16 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California. Its 7,640 MW of generation facilities include a mix of renewables (including hydroelectricity), nuclear, and natural gas.
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) currently serves nearly three quarters of New Jersey's population in a service area consisting of a 2,600-square-mile diagonal corridor across the state from Bergen to Gloucester Counties. PSE&G is the largest provider of gas and electric service, servicing 1.8 million gas customers and 2.2 million electric customers in more than 300 urban, suburban and rural communities, including New Jersey's six largest cities. PSE&G is the largest subsidiary of PSEG (Public Service Enterprise Group).
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) generates, transmits, and distributes electricity to a 900-square-mile territory that includes California’s capital city, Sacramento County, and a small portion of Placer County. It serves a population of approximately 1.4 million people (625,000 electric customers). SMUD’s 1,000 MW of electricity generation of comes from a mix of hydroelectric dams, natural gas power plants, and wind and solar assets.
San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E®) is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 875,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange Counties. The utility’s service area spans 4,100 square miles. SDE&G is leading many of the changes that are driving today’s smarter, cleaner and networked world. SDG&E is strengthening the infrastructure of the region’s electric power system to further promote public safety and emergency preparedness. SDG&E has replaced thousands of wood poles with durable steel poles, creating greater resiliency against potentially harmful weather conditions such as strong winds and wildfires. In addition, the utility's extensive network of 160 weather stations and cutting-edge weather forecasting tools provides superior situational awareness and decision support prior to and during extreme weather events. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, which is a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company that provides electricity, natural gas, and value-added products and services.
Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served (408,000 electric customers; 776,000 people served). It provides 2,000 MW of electricity to over 400,000 customers, and over 90% of the electricity provided comes from hydroelectric dams. Its system includes over 650 transmission circuit miles and over 2,300 distribution circuit miles. In 2013, Seattle City Light started a Climate Initiative to support research on climate change impacts to the utility and develop an adaptation plan. Research projects are in progress to study changes in glaciers and streamflow in watersheds with hydroelectric projects and changes in windstorms and lighting frequency to assess potential impacts to the grid. The adaptation plan will be completed in 2015.
SCE is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States and a longtime leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency. With headquarters in Rosemead, Calif., SCE serves more than 14 million people in a 50,000 square-mile area of central, coastal and Southern California. SCE has provided electric service in the region for more than 125 years. SCE maintains grid assets valued at more than $20 billion, including 1.4 million power poles, 700,000 transformers and 103,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines. In the past 5 years, SCE’s energy efficiency programs have helped customers save enough energy to power 1.2 million homes for a year. SCE delivered approximately 15 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable power to its customers in 2012 - nearly 20 percent of all the electricity delivered that year — and more than any other U.S. utility.
Tennessee Valley AuthorityA (TVA) s the nation’s largest public power company and provides power to 9 million people in parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development. TVA has renewed its vision to help lead the Tennessee Valley region and the nation toward a cleaner and more secure energy future, relying more on nuclear power and energy efficiency and relying less on coal. TVA also maintains its transmission system, but sells to local distributors to deliver to residential customers. TVA has, in accordance with the requirements of E.O. 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance” and E.O. 13653, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change,” adopted an internal statement on climate change adaptation and a Climate Change Adaptation Plan. (Generation: 33,804 MW; supplies 155 power distributors and 58 large industries or federal agencies)
Xcel Energy is a utility holding company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota that serves more than 3.5 million electric customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers across Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Xcel Energy owns a diverse mix of generating facilities (17,019 MW) including coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, diesel/oil, waste, wind and solar. It is the largest U.S. provider of wind power.