We’re proud to have played a role in the advancement of this new way of thinking. We led the integration of climate science with energy system planning and investment processes. Facilitated stakeholder engagement with 50+ municipal and state officials, consumer advocates, environmental groups, and client experts. Provided governance benchmarking. All these efforts informed the development of Con Edison’s climate change implementation plan and internal adaptation planning and design guidelines.
”We compiled local sea-level rise projections across a range of climate change scenarios for Con Edison. We then interpreted several underlying considerations to develop a recommended approach for changing Con Edison’s flood design standard, including the state of the science, local benchmarking, system sensitivity, co-benefits, and the company’s past approach to considering sea-level rise in design," explains our climate resilience expert Brenda Dix. Brenda has been evaluating the physical impacts of climate change and extreme weather on infrastructure systems and developing comprehensive adaptation plans for the last decade, and knows firsthand how this work helps utilities and their communities.
As a result, Con Edison’s updated flood-design standard requires that new facilities are designed to be resilient to sea-level rise for as long as they are expected to be in operation. For example, facilities built for 80 years of operation must be able to accommodate an additional three feet of sea level rise.
“Armed with this adaptive and proactive plan, Con Edison can make better investment decisions, protect its assets and workers, and support the resilience of its customers. We are proud to partner with them to set a new standard for climate resilience not only in New York, but across the country.” — Anne Choate
Read more in Con Edison’s press release.