Fireside Chat: Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Electric Utilities in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions

Electric utilities are facing increasing challenges to provide reliable power amidst climate change and extreme weather events. Utilities in developing countries without access to equipment surpluses and flexible financial capital are at greater risk than utilities in industrialized countries.

During this webinar, speakers from Pakistan, Kenya, and southwestern states of the United States discussed how their electric utilities are adapting to climate change related risks. Power systems in semi arid and arid regions are at risk of increased occurrences of extreme heat, wildfires, flash flooding, and drought. Speakers from these regions shared how climate change has impacted their service territory and how their organizations assess risks to make electrical infrastructure, operations and services more resilient.


Elena van Hove

Director of Global Energy Access
Arizona State University

Zehra Aneek

Former Director of ESG and Sustainability
K-Electric Company

Tom Cooper

SRP Director, Corporate Strategy, Sustainability, and Econo
Salt River Project

Mutegi Mbae

Regional Manager, Nairobi
Kenya Power and Lighting Company PLC

Roderick dela Cruz

Senior Manager, Seismic Resiliency and Climate Adaptation
Southern California Edison