The Oregon Department of Energy is developing a comprehensive state-specific climate vulnerability assessment for the energy sector.
A climate vulnerability assessment is a systemic process to analyze the degree of risk posed by
different climate hazards to various systems and assets
. An assessment provides information about the magnitude and timing of climate threats at the geographic scale and level of detail that planners and policymakers need to identify and prioritize adaptation strategies and actions for high-risk assets.
ODOE's analysis will include an evaluation of the risks and vulnerabilities to infrastructure and planning processes—inclusive of electric, natural gas, and liquid fuels production and delivery systems. This study will help identify and anticipate the sector’s vulnerabilities, so that the energy sector may better meet its objectives to produce safe and reliable energy.
The assessment should provide a strong foundation for identifying gaps and opportunities to make investments that maximize community energy resilience. The final product can also serve as a framework for other sectors to conduct their own assessments.
Learn More in Our Energy Report
We highlighted the upcoming climate vulnerability assessment in our
2020 Biennial Energy Report
—learn about the potential impacts we expect from climate change on Oregon's energy sector and key steps to conducting an assessment, including identifying hazards, assessing risk, and prioritizing vulnerabilities.
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