Climate Clips: Northeast utilities are spending billions on resilience, and the investments are paying off

State lawmakers and regulators in the Northeast are increasingly directing utilities to consider the impacts of climate change on their systems, but utilities need to plan for it in an integrated fashion. Transmission and distribution planning are often not considered together, which will become a more significant issue as distributed energy resources are added to the system.

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