The future of our energy system is diversified, distributed, and clean. Cities are epicenters of energy consumption, and can be vulnerable to large scale blackouts resulting from severe weather events and natural disasters, human error, or cyber-attacks. But by decentralizing the grid through distributed microgrids, regions can fortify themselves to prevent widespread power failures. And by leveraging underutilized urban spaces, cities can facilitate the growth of distributed energy resources, from generation—like solar panels and small modular reactors—to energy storage like batteries and fuel cells, and even support electric vehicle charging and carbon capture technologies.
The third event in our Future of Cities Townhall series, Powering Resilient Cities is a free webinar exploring how municipal, business, and energy leaders are helping cities adapt to and overcome pressures imposed by climate change, the push to decarbonize, and the need for power system reliability.
Join Blueprint and The Aspen Institute Energy & Environment Program on February 26, 2021, at noon ET for a conversation moderated by Greg Gershuny—the executive director of the Energy & Environment Program— and featuring REEF Energy SVP and COO Galina Russell, attorney and policy strategist Nicole Sitaraman, CEO of GridPolicy, Inc. and internationally recognized energy thought leader Jon Wellinghoff, and Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles Lauren Faber O’Connor.