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Climate Resilience and Adaptation

Climate Resilience & Adaptation

Future Climate Projections & Vulnerabilities of the Carolinas Transmission & Distribution System

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Our promise to provide consistent, affordable and reliable services to customers means our system must become more resilient in the face of the changing climate and extreme weather. This includes preparing for the dynamic, ongoing impacts of changing climate scenarios. We see the coming challenges and we are taking action now. We know you’re counting on Duke Energy to meet these challenges and continue providing reliable energy.

Our purpose

This study was initiated to develop a robust set of recommendations for potential Transmission and Distribution system upgrades based on an understanding of the range of potential impacts of the changing climate on our Carolinas’ transmission and distribution system. Our goals were to develop a flexible adaptation framework and to provide meaningful opportunities for stakeholder input and engagement.

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.

study focus: physical risk

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.

stakeholder inputs