AMWA and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies have released the recording and slides from the latest installment in its four-part Dealing with Disruption webinar series. The second installment, Resilience & Smart Communities, explored how utilities can apply data to improve their resilience, described how bond rating agencies are beginning to adjust their assessments to reflect climate change impacts, and outlined how utilities can adapt to the rating agencies’ new climate criteria.
AMWA Vice President Angela Licata, Deputy Commissioner at New York City Department of Environmental Protection, introduced a panel that included the following presentations:
- Paul Fuller, CEO of Allied Public Risk, and Lori Medders, Joseph F. Freeman Distinguished Professor of Insurance at Appalachian State University, discussed climate change-related developments in the insurance field and how they can affect bond ratings.
- AMWA’s Erica Brown highlighted the association’s new primer, Insurance, Bond Ratings and Climate Risk, and described how utilities can respond to the bond rating and insurance industries’ increased concern about potential operational impacts from climate change.
- Albert Cho, Vice President and General Manager for Advanced Infrastructure Analytics at Xylem Inc., discussed how utilities can apply data models to inform their resilience strategies.
The webinar materials are available on AMWA’s website. The third webinar in the series will be on February 26, 2020.