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This study. published April 2021, was commissioned by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS), Con Edison, and National Grid. This groundbreaking partnership among the major stakeholders responsible for the city’s decarbonization provides an example of the coordination and collaboration required to reach carbon neutrality at the scale and pace that climate science demands.The results of this analysis will inform future City policies and programs. The utilities— essential partners in supporting citywide decarbonization—will consider the findings to inform innovation priorities as they continue to support the communities they serve.
IDEA compiled the following information to share with the Technical Advisory Committee and Consulting Team regarding the NYC Energy Infrastructure Pathways Study. in summary, IDEA strongly recommended that district energy should have an essential role as a crucial pathway component to achieve the 80% or greater reduction in GHG emissions by 2050 in New York City.
The Ice Storm of 1998 hit the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Québec and portions of the northeastern United States from January 4 through January 10, 1998. Unusually long in duration and large in geographical extent, this storm triggered extensive power outages across the impacted region and is widely acknowledged to be Canada‘s costliest natural disaster.Due to the collapse of power lines and supporting structures from ice accumulation, over 4.7 million people in Canada and another 500,000 in the United States lost power during the storm. The Canadian utility company Hydro-Québec was particularly hard hit, with over 1,850 miles (3,000 km) of power network impacted by the storm. Nearly 800,000 insurance claims were filed in Canada with another 140,000 in the United States, causing a total insured loss at the time of US$1.3 billion across both countries. The event also triggered a class action lawsuit against a group of Canadian insurers for additional living expenses (ALE) due to evacuation as a result of power outages.Ten years following the 1998 event, this report chronicles the unique meteorological features of the storm and the potential insurance impacts of a repeat of the event in 2008, in the context of the current RMS understanding of winter storm risk throughout North America. RMS estimates that if the Ice Storm of 1998 were to recur in 2008, given the modifications in insurance industry practices, local disaster management, and improving the resilience of the electrical supply system, the insured loss would result in payments between US$1.0 and US$3.0 billion.
Since the onset of the Industrial Revolution a multitude of human activities has led to an inexorable increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gas concentrations in our atmosphere. In recent decades, this warming has accelerated at an alarming rate and threatens the survival of the biosphere that supports life as we know it. The unprecedented rate of industrial and population growth over the last two centuries and the near-complete transformation of the world from largely agrarian societies to highly urbanized and industrialized environments was made possible by the exploitation ofone critical resource (aside from human ingenuity): fossil fuels.Devising ways to harness the tremendous energy stored for millions of years in coal, oil, and gas deposits led to the modern world we live in. But the burning of fossil fuels comes with a hugely significant environmental impact: the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, causing the warming of our planet. For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, it was easy to ignore this environmental impact, but as we move toward the middle of the 21st century our very survival depends on ultimately phasing out fossil fuel use.
CHP Today in the United States Presentation
Morris A. Pierce, PhD, has created a comprehensive history of district heating in the United States and he has graciously asked that we share it with the IDEA community. His website, History of District Heating in the United States chronicles the installation of 480 commercial district heating systems that were built from 1877 to present.
Please note that IDEA is not responsible for the content of this external site, nor did IDEA assist in the project.
Published January 2021
Extreme heat, coastal storm surge, inland flooding and more violent storms are the most significant climate-driven impacts to Con Edison’s energy delivery systems and its customers through the 21st century, according to a report issued today.
The report (coned.com/resilience), developed by Con Edison in collaboration with ICF and Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, leverages the latest available climate science data. The study evaluated present-day infrastructure, design specifications, and procedures against expected climate change to better understand its future impact on Con Edison’s energy delivery systems. The company’s electric, gas and steam systems are all subject to increased flooding from coastal storms, while the electric system is also challenged during periods of sustained heat.
Among the study’s findings is an increase in days when the heat index will reach or exceed 103 degrees, from two days a year now to anywhere from seven to 26 days a year by 2050.
The 36-month study, authorized by the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) as part of a collaborative created after Superstorm Sandy, describes historical and projected climate changes across Con Edison’s service area in New York City and Westchester County.
Published July 2019
In FY 2018, the Senate Appropriations Committee directed the US Department of Energy (DOE) “to collaborate with industry to submit a report to Congress … that assesses the potential energy efficiency and energy security gains to be realized with district energy systems.” IDEA worked closely with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ICF and Entropy Research LLC to support development of the report entitled “Energy Efficiency and Energy Security Benefits of District Energy”, which was released to Congress July 2019. The report outlines current industry best practices, energy efficiency advantages, energy security gains and insights to potential growth, technology and research opportunities for the industry. We urge IDEA members to read the report, share it with colleagues, constituents, and as appropriate, to local governments and federal representatives. Please contact IDEA with any comments or questions on the report.
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