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A team of University of Arizona researchers and industry partners at Tucson Electric Power Co. have developed a replicable, collaborative framework that companies can use to integrate climate and environmental risk assessment into corporate business plans.
The pilot project is called the Arizona Business Resilience Initiative, or ABRI. It was launched in 2015 with a $100,000 grant from the UA Office of Research, Discovery & Innovation to focus on areas of concern to electric utilities operating in the arid Southwest. Researchers from multiple departments gathered, interpreted and synthesized information on current climate conditions and developed future scenarios to enable TEP to better assess opportunities, manage operational risk, improve the ability to react, and enhance overall resilience to potential climate change and variability.