September 2013

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: US energy sector vulnerabilities exposed

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report that assesses how critical US energy and electricity infrastructure is vulnerable to the impacts of climate trends.

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report that assesses how critical US energy and electricity infrastructure is vulnerable to the impacts of climate trends. Historically high temperatures in recent years have been accompanied by droughts and extreme heat waves, more wildfires than usual, and several intense storms that caused power and fuel disruptions for millions of people. These trends are expected to continue, which could further impact energy systems critical to the US economy. The “US Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather” report notes that annual temperatures across the US have increased by about 1.5°F over the last century.

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