CECONY made a $1-billion investment to fortify our energy-delivery systems against extreme weather. O&R spent $11.4 million on storm hardening last year. CECONY upgrades included more resilient cables, poles that can withstand winds up to 110 mph, and flood-proof equipment. For its efforts in restoring power to numerous households and businesses after Superstorm Sandy, CECONY received an Emergency Response Excellence Award in 2016 from Davies Consulting. The enhancements made to its core systems after Sandy have helped to improve efficiency and overall resiliency during major storms while also reducing the environmental impact. The company has fortified perimeter walls, installed gates and floodwalls, and raised critical equipment out of harm’s way. It has reinforced flood-prone locations to ensure that power keeps flowing during the most severe floods and customer outages are greatly reduced.
To address future climate change risks, the company is conducting a study to understand the vulnerability of our energy systems to climate change and identify adaptation options to enhance system resiliency. The study will use the latest available climate science to project future weather scenarios for our service territory out to the year 2080. The weather scenario projections will be used to evaluate potential impacts to the company’s electric, gas and steam systems. Based on these impacts, we will evaluate adaptation options such as revisions to design standards and operating processes. A risk mitigation plan will then be created with a portfolio of solutions to provide the required resiliency.