Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Promoting Pollution Prevention Through Information Exchange
GLRPPR Sector Resource: Tribal Energy System Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather
Like most communities, tribes have a major interest in reliable energy supply even though they are not, for the most part, directly responsible for providing it. Few tribes own and operate the energy infrastructure that their residents depend on; tribal energy systems are primarily vulnerable to events occurring offsite, such as supply disruptions and higher energy costs passed down from external utility providers. Energy infrastructure owned and operated by tribes is subject to vulnerabilities similar to those of energy assets located outside of tribal boundaries, although tribal entities have greater self-determination in building the resilience of energy systems that they control.This report provides an informational resource to assist tribes with understanding their risks, a critical step towards effective planning and management of energy systems in the face of climate change and extreme weather threats.
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