Our Changing Climate: Decision Making and Risk Management in Wisconsin's Utility Industry

Hosted by WPUI & the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI)

September 22, 2010

Pyle Center

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Agenda

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This session will examine what we know today about the changing Wisconsin climate and will discuss what steps the energy industry may want to take to prepare for this new world.  Our goal is to help the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) conduct its research and craft a final product that will be immediately useful to the industries that need to be forward thinking.

Mitigation vs. Adaptation

A key concept to understand for this program is the difference between climate change mitigation and adaptation. Most discussions about climate change, especially in the context of energy utilities, deal with mitigation, which is reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that reach the atmosphere from human activities. Adaptation, which is the focus of this workshop, is about managing the negative impacts (such as more extreme weather events) that climate change will have on humans in the future.

Click here to see a flow chart that shows the chain of events that lead to climate change and where mitigation and adaptation fit in with respect to reducing the harmful impacts of climate change.

Featured Presenters:

  • Dan Vimont, UW-Madison
  • Tracey Holloway , UW-Madison
  • Lauren Azar, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
  • Dick Bratcher, KEMA
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