New Yorkers are already feeling the impacts of climate change. According to the New York City Panel on Climate Change, the average maximum summer temperature has risen between 2.5°F and 3.5°F since 1970, and prolonged heat waves are becoming more common. New Yorkers are experiencing more frequent storm events and heavier downpours. Sea levels at the Battery have already risen more than 18 inches since 1850.
Our energy system is vulnerable to these changes. For example, high winds during coastal storms can knock down overhead wires, and heat waves can cause electrical equipment failure. Rising seas can damage equipment located close to the waterfront if not flood protected.