A power distribution line in a flood zone at dusk.

The USAID-NREL Partnership, in coordination with Clean Power Asia, partnered with the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) to conduct a vulnerability assessment of the country's power sector. The assessment included a review of climate change related risks as well as vulnerabilities related to technological and human-related threats. At the time of the assessment, the Lao PDR was experiencing severe flooding related to greater than normal rainfall and tropical storms.

Flooding and other extreme weather events can damage generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure and cause both short- and long-term outages. This photo shows power distribution equipment located within the flood zone in Vientiane, Laos. The vulnerability assessment analyzed risks related to power sector equipment sited in hazard zones.

Learn more about planning a resilient power sector at the Resilient Energy Platform website: Learn more about the Lao PDR power sector vulnerability assessment in this webinar: Photo taken by Sherry Stout, NREL, August 2018.

Extreme weather events pose threat to power distribution networks in Lao PDR

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Topics Energy, Disaster Risk Management

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