Energy Resilience in San Francisco and New York

December 5, 2017 |

Ben Paulos

Across the country, natural disasters and extreme weather—from wildfires in California to hurricanes along the Gulf Coast—have left communities without electricity for hours or even weeks at a time. Incidents like these have spurred cities to look more closely at how they plan for energy resilience in their emergency management preparations. Many turn to new approaches that use solar and battery storage technologies to provide greater reliability and economics than diesel generators.

With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office and support from the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the City and County of San Francisco and Sustainable CUNY at the City University of New York have completed in-depth feasibility studies on how to provide electricity to critical facilities like police and fire stations, hospitals, and shelters. Other communities now have the opportunity to learn from these leading cities and to use the practical tools, educational materials, and software they have developed.