Debate was lively at the Q1 Advanced Energy Group breakfast in Chicago, IL on March 14th. It was no easy task defining the most pressing resiliency issue in Chicago related to microgrids and infrastructure challenges.
HG Chissell, Founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group, began by reminding stakeholders that Chicago, perhaps not considered the most “at risk” city in terms of climate change, has its share of climate-related threats to human health and well-being. For instance, in 1995, over 700 Chicagoland area residents perished in a catastrophic heatwave. No extreme heat wave since has resulted in such a loss of human life, thanks in large part to the preventative steps taken by the City of Chicago since then. HG asked attendees to consider how we can proactively pay for resilience with this example in mind.