The energy industry is in the middle of a significant transformation, one that will fundamentally reimagine energy generation, energy delivery to homes and businesses, and consumer interactions with energy providers.
In an article for Energy Central, Guidehouse’s Danielle Vitoff, associate director, and Hector Artze, partner, said while decarbonization is a primary driver for this transformation, resilience is also key—but not always considered.
“We must reduce the carbon intensity of our energy system, and quickly, to achieve scientifically derived, mid-century carbon reduction goals,” Vitoff and Artze said in the article. “However, how our system already feels the impacts of climate change is often left out of these discussions of system transformation.”
As significant extreme events grow in occurrence and severity, the pair said planners must do a better job of considering these events when making decisions about future energy generation. This could include considering the results of climate change impact analyses to develop resilient resource plans and mitigate the impact to transmission and distribution systems.
Vitoff and Artze said when both resilience and decarbonization are factored in, a future generation portfolio is likely to include the following attributes: