Speaker : Kurt C. Kornelsen, Ph.D., CD (OPG)
Many companies are realizing the need and benefits of proactive adaptation to climate change. A common framework for many organizations is to conduct a broad scale vulnerability assessment of their assets and operations. This is often followed by the development of a report and the implementation of adaptations to address the top few vulnerabilities. Often the outcomes of such processes do not address individual facility risks because specific components may fail due to climate change. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is adopting the philosophy that resilience is built by inherently including climate considerations into standard business practices. The challenge of this approach is that adaptation strategies are not developed by a small team of experts, but rather by a multitude of working level engineers and project managers. To educate and provide this group with sufficient information OPG is developing its Resilience Toolkit. This includes a curated library of reports, tools and OPG’s Climatic Atlas. Built with the Ouranos Power Analytics and Visualization for Climate Science (PAVICS), OPG’s 2nd Edition of the Climate Atlas includes maps and datasets of climate indicators for all OPG assets. In addition, statistical tests were pre-generated to inform users if there are significant differences between climatic periods. The Atlas is designed to inform most common adaptation decisions and to be used with other guides and processes within the Resilience Toolkit.
Speaker : Michael J.F. Vieira (Manitoba Hydro)
Physical risks resulting from climate change have been on Manitoba Hydro’s radar since the 1980s. These risks have the potential to affect our core business in several ways including water supply (generation), infrastructure (transmission, distribution and generation), and energy demand. Managing shorter-term weather-related risk is familiar territory, however, substantial effort has gone into understanding how these risks may evolve in time with the changing climate. Recently, an internal Climate Change Opportunities Risks and Adaptation Working Group (CCORA) was initiated to more holistically assess climate risks and opportunities across the corporation and to explore potential options to adapt. Establishment of CCORA has improved internal awareness, connected subject matter experts with climate science information, and facilitated infrastructure-specific climate change resilience assessments. This presentation provides a brief background on climate change initiatives underway at Manitoba Hydro and a deeper dive into the climate change resilience assessment process following Infrastructure Canada’s Climate Lens. Topics include the overall risk assessment process, consideration of historic and future probability, confidence in future projections, direct versus systemic risk, lessons learned, and examples for various types of electrical infrastructure.
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