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Are recent disasters enough to spur utilities to take climate change seriously?

Utilities and climate change science have a tenuous relationship at best. A conservative industry, utilities and their overarching regulatory framework historically shied away from addressing climate change impacts to the U.S. power system, even as evidence mounted and severe weather events increased.

Some states have taken the threat seriously: For example, New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision. Perhaps the most comprehensive utility proceeding today, the initiative was sparked in part by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the Mid-Atlantic and New England states in 2012.

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