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utilities and resilience thought leadership portal

Overview 

To increase resilience of power distribution systems in electrical utilities, Commonwealth Edison and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute have created a partnership that incorporates insights in social vulnerability with advances in electrical grid design and implementation. This reservoir of thought leadership will help inform further improvements in community and electrical grid resilience through socially informed technology deployment strategies. The goal of this innovative thought leadership is to help maintain and increase access to reliable electricity, which underpins all of society’s most essential daily operations.

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) is an energy delivery company and part of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. ComEd powers the lives of more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. ComEd is taking steps to ensure communities across its 11,400-square-mile service territory benefit from Illinois’ clean energy investments. ComEd’s goal is to lift up communities in need, empowering all communities to benefit from new innovative clean energy resources and the jobs created.. 

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at Columbia University’s Earth Institute works to understand and improve the nation’s capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. NCDP focuses on the readiness of governmental and non-governmental systems; the complexities of population recovery; the power of community engagement; and the risks of human vulnerability, with a particular focus on children. NCDP is a recognized thought leader in applying cross-sector innovations to build disaster resilience in communities throughout the United States and internationally.