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National Grid joins the EPRI Climate READi initiative to ensure resilient energy systems

National Grid is supporting the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Climate READi framework which will enable global energy companies, climate scientists, regulators, and other stakeholders to address risks to energy networks from climate change disruption.

As 1-in-50 or 1-in-100-year extreme weather events of the past increase in frequency, and society increasingly depends on electricity for its energy, EPRI is strengthening the power sector’s collective approach to assessing and managing physical climate risk to the power system.

EPRI has launched a new, three-year initiative, Climate READi: Power™ (REsilience and ADaptation initiative), convening global thought leaders and industry stakeholders to develop a common framework to address this challenge. The Climate READi framework produced from this effort will embody one of the most comprehensive, integrated approaches to physical climate risk assessment.

By facilitating the analysis and applications of climate data, the framework with enable better planning, designing, and operation of resilient energy systems of the future.

“As the world’s weather and climate are changing, so too must the energy sector’s approach to ensuring a more resilient power system,” said EPRI President and CEO Arshad Mansoor, who announced the launch of Climate READi at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “Proactively strengthening grid resilience against potential climate and weather impacts, now and in the future, will require unprecedented collaboration among the energy sector and its stakeholders.”

David Wright, Chief Engineer at National Grid, said: “This initiative will enable robust planning for the years and decades ahead, and will be critical to ensuring we have the resilient and reliable electricity networks our customers deserve. The global applications of the framework will arm energy companies like National Grid with valuable insights and capabilities to proactively strengthen and reinforce power systems against the disruptive impact of extreme weather events. We will play an active part, working closely with EPRI and sharing our experiences and expertise to help inform the framework.”

Other Climate READi anchor members include: American Electric Power, Alliant Energy Corporation, Ameren Corporation, Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Exelon Corporation, New York Power Authority, Pacific Gas & Electric, Portland General Electric, Southern California Edison, and Southern Company.

Learn more about Climate READi here: https://www.epri.com/READi