utilities and resilience thought leadership portal


To increase resilience 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 combined thought-leadership work will help inform further improvement for resilience and deployment strategies that aid society in maintaining reliable access to electricity, which underpins so many of the essential operations that our society and economy depend upon each day. 

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 northern Illinois are ready for tomorrow’s technology today by putting the next generation of clean, resilient energy to work. ComEd’s goal is connecting people, forging a brighter future and strengthening communities for customers. 

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 nationally as well as internationally.