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Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and the Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center Monday, September 21 from 3:30 p.m. EDT – 4:30 p.m. EDT for an engaging panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities for enhancing grid resilience in the face of extreme weather events.

Climate-related extreme weather events are threatening local communities with greater frequency and destructive force, paralyzing the energy grid and leaving thousands without power for extended periods of time. Now, in the wake of Hurricane Laura and California’s historic heatwave and wildfire season, many remain without electricity during one of the hottest summers on record. As a result, families in affected areas are forced to contemplate leaving their homes until power returns, all amid a global pandemic and lasting economic downturn. Grid resilience measures are vital to safeguarding climate-vulnerable communities facing wind, floods, and fires, especially low-income communities and communities of color who will bear the disproportionate cost of climate change.

What mitigation opportunities exist to ensure that the power stays on in the wake of an extreme weather event? What role could distributed energy, residential and community solar programs, and home storage play in building this resilience? What part will utilities, governments, and community leaders play in creating a robust electricity system that affords all citizens with reliable access to energy in the United States, from the Gulf Coast to the Gold Coast?

Please join this conversation via the web application Zoom, which is accessible through your web browser, the Zoom desktop or mobile app, and by phone. If you wish to join the question and answer period, you must join by app or web. Register below receive further information on how to join the virtual audience.

Agenda

Opening remarks by

Kathy Baughman McLeod
Senior Vice President and Director, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Atlantic Council

A conversation with

Morgan Bazilian
Professor of Public Policy; Director of the Payne Institute
Colorado School of Mines

Caroline Choi
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Edison International and Southern California Edison

Eliza Hotchkiss
Senior Analyst & Technical Group Manager
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Energy Security and Resilience Center

Audrey Lee
Board Member
Gridworks

Rich Sorkin
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Jupiter Intelligence

Moderated by

Margaret Jackson
Deputy Director for Climate & Advanced Energy, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

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