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Climate Adaptation and Clean Energy Intersections Catalyzer

The Climate Adaptation and Clean Energy Intersections Catalyzer is informing how we design and plan for a clean, secure, and resilient grid.  

Adaptation and managed migration are gaining significance in response to escalating impacts of climate change. With rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and environmental degradation, communities and governments are recognizing the need to implement adaptation and mitigation strategies that promote the principles of equity and sustainability. Protecting livelihoods and the environment, enhancing resilience, and ensuring energy security in the face of an evolving climate crisis is critically important. Effective climate adaptation strategies have significant implications for clean energy development. Strategies have implications for successfully siting renewable energy resources, meeting shifting and less predictable energy loads, and designing secure and resilient energy systems.

JISEA's Climate Adaptation and Clean Energy Intersections Catalyzeris seeking to build new research pathways to inform how we design and plan for a clean, secure, and resilient grid when there is uncertainty around energy demand due to human migration, and performance of clean energy technologies in the face of climate change. Through the Catalyzer, JISEA/NREL analysts will introduce concepts like biomimicry in renewable energy technology design, climate migration, and adaptive capacity and supply-chain security to existing energy analysis and modelling capabilities. The objective of this catalyzer is to integrate disparate research avenues to build a power system adaptation program to understand the solutions for energy security and resilience in an uncertain and changing climate.

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Publications and Related Work:

Quantitative Resilience-Based Assessment Framework Using EAGLE-I Power Outage Data, IEEE (2023)

Exceedance Probabilities and Recurrence Intervals for Extended Power Outages in the United States, NREL Technical Report (2022)

Valuing Resilience Benefits of Microgrids for an Interconnected Island Distribution System, Electronics (2022)

A Power Outage Data Informed Resilience Assessment Framework, 2022 Resilience Week (2022)

Partnership Opportunities

JISEA is eager to build a strong coalition of academic, government, non-profit, and commercial partners in support of this critical research. If your organization collects and models climate data, supports vulnerable populations in the face of climate change, or works to insure assets against an uncertain future, we want to hear from you. Please reach out to the catalyzer lead to learn more.


Eliza Hotchkiss
Senior Resilience Analyst