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Using an economically sensible approach to address climate risks in coastal zones

Published: 10th August 2017 14:44Last Updated: 10th August 2017 14:44
NewOrleans

“Panorama Mississippi River at New Orleans Governor Nicholls Wharf 2012-05-05” by Gates of Ale is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Summary

Energy assets located in coastal zones can be particularly vulnerable to climate risks such has hurricanes and sea level rise. Entergy, an energy company engaged in electric power production and retail distribution operations in U.S. Gulf Coast, is addressing the issue with a consistent framework and fact-based approach to quantify climate risks and develop economically sensible solutions. The expected loss caused by natural hazards over time is calculated in three steps, which considers the extent of the hazard, the value of assets at risk, and the vulnerability of those assets to the hazard. Key uncertainties to address vulnerability to natural hazards include the impact of climate change, the cost, and effectiveness of measures to adapt and the ability to gain alignment and overcome obstacles.

At a Glance

Industry sector:Generation Transmission, Distribution, and Transfer
Type of resources:Generic
Type of energy:Electricity
Adaptation type:Management Insurance and financial risk management
Organization:Entergy
Organization type:Utility