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How Con Edison Is Building a Climate-Resilient Energy Delivery System for New York City

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Director, Strategic Planning Con Edison

Nelson is the Director of Strategic Planning at Con Edison. His groups are responsible for electric long-term planning and climate adaptation and resilience. Throughout his career at Con Edison,...

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Climate change is a fact of life and a challenge for energy-delivery companies like Con Edison as we plan for the future. Thankfully, our understanding of climate change and its likely impacts is getting better all the time.

Two years ago, Con Edison released a landmark study analyzing the vulnerabilities of our energy system in New York City and Westchester County to climate change. The basic findings were not surprising to anyone following the science: our energy infrastructure is vulnerable to climate change today, and, without action, could be even more vulnerable in the future.

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Con Edison customers increasingly rely on us for uninterrupted energy delivery, and an erosion of our industry-leading reliability is not an option. So, we recently took the next step in our climate resilience journey, developing a Climate Change Implementation Plan that provides a strong foundation for action.

We know that climate change will affect almost everything we do, and our Implementation Plan reflects that reality. It details how we’ll incorporate climate change into our planning, engineering design, operations, emergency response, and corporate governance.

The plan will evolve over time. We’ll sharpen our adaptation efforts as the science of climate change improves and our customers’ needs change. Despite the intensifying effects of climate change, we are confident in our ability to make our energy-delivery system more reliable and resilient in the decades ahead.

I recently had the chance to discuss our Implementation Plan with Energy Central’s Jason Price in a podcast that went live on June 8. I welcome your thoughts on our conversation and on Con Edison’s approach to climate resiliency. I look forward to learning from other future-oriented companies as we all grapple with this issue in the years ahead.

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Matt Chester on Jun 7, 2021

Thanks for sharing, Nelson.

For those who want to hear more, I highly recommend checking out the episode of the Power Perspectives Podcast releasing tomorrow where we dive in with Nelson on this important topic and hear his experience with the report. (Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform to be first notified when the episode is available!)

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Matt Chester on Jun 8, 2021

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