Our Climate Change Resiliency Plan
Climate change has caused an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. During the first ten months of 2023 alone, a record 25 events caused over $1 billion worth of damage nationwide. At the same time, changes in how we live, and work have made us more dependent than ever on a reliable electricity grid.
In response, O&R has invested more than $83 million throughout the past 10 years in New York and more than $58 million in New Jersey to make our systems more resilient. Additionally, in accordance with recent state legislation, we have collaborated with NYSERDA and Columbia University to develop a Climate Change Vulnerability Study that evaluates our present-day infrastructure, design specifications, and operations against expected climate changes.
By gaining insight into the projected impacts of climate changes across our service area—including increasing temperatures, heavier precipitation, and more frequent and intense weather events—we can identify system vulnerabilities and prioritize investments to strengthen our electric infrastructure.
Therefore, in conjunction with the Climate Change Vulnerability Study, O&R has developed a Climate Change Resilience Plan, which builds on our prior resiliency efforts.
O&R’s portfolio of resiliency investments and multi-pronged approach to address the impacts of climate change will help our company continue to provide safe, reliable, and resilient energy to its customers now and in the future. The main strategies outlined in the plan are to prevent, mitigate, and respond to the climate change vulnerabilities identified in the study. This plan identifies short, intermediate, and long-term resilience investments that will address the risks climate change poses to our service area.
Orange and Rockland Climate Resilience Working Group
Strengthening our electric grid against the impact of climate change and extreme weather requires collaboration between our company, regulators, municipalities, local organizations and customers. In August 2022, O&R convened a panel of stakeholders to serve on the Climate Resilience Working Group (CRWG), which provided input to both the 2023 Climate Change Vulnerability Study and the 2023 Climate Change Resilience Plan.
Our stakeholder engagement effort is designed to identify stakeholders’ key concerns, challenges, and goals; collect and consider the best and most effective practices and expertise; integrate stakeholder feedback; and provide transparency and insight on the climate study process and outcomes.
O&R continues to be committed to learning more about your concerns regarding climate vulnerability and energy grid resilience.
If you are interested in joining the Climate Resilience Working Group, or have inquiries regarding our climate study and resilience planning efforts, please email us.