Climate Resilience & Adaptation
Future Climate Projections & Vulnerabilities of the Carolinas Transmission & Distribution System
Goals and Objectives
The Climate Risk and Resilience Study assessed the physical risks of a changing climate and extreme weather on our Transmission & Distribution System in the Carolinas. As shown in the graphic below, this study specifically focused on adapting to the physical risk presented by changes in hazards like extreme heat, flooding, and wind. Additional efforts the company is undertaking to mitigate other climate-related risks are described on the global climate change webpage.
Our Climate Risk and Resilience Study of the Carolinas had two main goals:
- To assess potential vulnerabilities of our current transmission and distribution system to the effects of a changing climate and extreme weather, if we took no actions to mitigate impacts.
- To develop an achievable plan with a flexible framework that will address these potential negative impacts through adaptive action.
ICF, an independent third-party consultant selected for this study, led the research and analysis, working throughout the process with Duke Energy subject matter experts across the company. The result was a series of transparent discussions, interviews, meetings, workshops, and comments that yielded valuable information.