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Increasing Network Resilience with Specialized Weather Forecasts

Submitted by Élyse Fournier 10th August 2017 3:18

Frank Weber


Electricity assets are vulnerable to extreme weather events—a vulnerability that could grow in the future due to increases in both the frequency and intensity of extreme events. A good way to cope with this vulnerability is to be proactive and take appropriate action before extreme events trigger significant, negative consequences. To achieve this goal, BC Hydro established a system that uses weather and hydrology data to inform the company’s decision-making processes. A dedicated team monitors and analyzes relevant data, and alerts company officials when extreme events are likely to occur. The system benefits BC Hydro over both the short and long terms and improves their capacity to adapt to climate change.

At a Glance

Country: Canada
Industry sector: Transmission, Distribution, and Transfer Generic
Type of resources: Generic
Type of energy: Electricity
Adaptation type: Informational Supply and demand forecasts Climate services Monitoring equipment and technology
Organization: BC Hydro PCIC
Organization type: Research organisation Utility