Forum: The Risks of Climate and Natural Disaster Related Disruption to the Electrical Grid

Thurs, April 27 at 5:00 – 7:00 pm
JHU Washington, DC Center, Bernstein-Offit Building, Room 500
1717 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036

The Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) program at the JHU School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) presents a discussion on understanding the risks of the nation's electrical grids in the face of natural disasters. A light reception will follow. 

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About the Topic

Natural disasters pose grave threats to the nation’s electrical grids and their ability to deliver reliable electricity to communities. Climate change, expanding populations, and insufficient diversification of sources make our energy future more unpredictable.

At this event, the SAIS ERE Swiss Re practicum team will present their preliminary research findings on how the risk is evolving in the Pacific Northwest, including implications for reliability of the system and potential economic disruption. An expert panel will discuss the steps various stakeholders in government and the utility and insurance industries are taking to understand this risk and manage exposures.


  • Alex Kaplan,Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships, Public Sector, Swiss Re
  • Craig Zamuda, Ph.D.,Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Energy Policy and System Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy
  • David Comis, Energy Program Manager, Maryland Energy Administration
  • Katie Jereza, Director, Infrastructure Resilience, Edison Electric Institute
  • Moderated by: Celeste Connors, Practitioner in Residence, ERE Program

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Only when I saw the Earth from space, in all its ineffable beauty and fragility, did I realize that humankind's most urgent task is to cherish and preserve it for future generations.
— Sigmund Jahn, German Astronaut