Background: MCC is now a member of the Electric Power Research Institute, INC (EPRI) Climate READi Affinity Group and our members can participate in their work streams to help build resiliency in the power sector. If this is of interest to enough people in the MCC, we could create our own working group within the MCC to engage with EPRI. Alternatively, individuals are welcome to participate with Climate READi as MCC representatives.

There are three work streams and we may want a representative on each one. They can also simply review the materials linked below and share comments. In any case, they should review the ClimateREADi affinity group (CRAG) agreement which applies to MCC and its members.

The current ask from EPRI is to review their “Physical Climate Data 101” training materials and share comments. There is more information below and any of our members are welcome to review the materials and submit comments by Nov. 16 to submit comments.


Dear EPRI Member Advisors and CRAG Members,

It was wonderful to see so many of you in Albuquerque last week. I appreciate the time that you devoted to making it a productive and insightful workshop.

As I mentioned during my remarks, I am delighted to share with you a draft final version of the first training in the Climate READi Climate 101 series, Physical Climate Data 101. This initial training is designed to help practitioners in the electric power sector better operationalize climate data by introducing them to key concepts and terminology related to climate science, climate data, and climate modeling. Its objectives are to facilitate actionable conversation and collaboration by:

  • Establishing a common knowledge base on types of climate data and climate modeling,
  • Level-setting terminology for different climate data variables and statistics, and
  • Providing an overview of scientific understanding and uncertainty on observed and projected changes in climate means and extremes.

We now invite you all to review the training and provide feedback before it is formally published. You can find the slides and accompanying recording here. While the Climate 101 team welcomes feedback from all perspectives, I would offer the following review guidance based on your affiliation with Climate READi.

  • WS1: we invite you to focus your edits on the content of the training. Is there any content that you feel is missing or should be added to fulfill the objectives of the training?
  • WS2 and WS3: we invite you to focus your comments on whether this content is accessible to a non-expert audience, as this training is designed to facilitate conversations between the workstreams. Do you feel as though the concepts and messages are clearly communicated?

The training is designed to be taken independently through recorded sessions or through facilitated in-person sessions, so I encourage you to view the recording prior to making comments on the slides. The recording is about 1 hour, with self-contained modules for easier consumption. In a facilitated setting, we would expect it to take about 2 hours to allow for questions and discussion.

Please send any feedback to Laura Fischer: by Wednesday, November 16 [and cc Heather Navarro:] This will enable the Climate 101 team to review and incorporate any feedback with enough time to meet our end of the year publishing deadline. You can either add comments to the PDF of the slides or send them separately to me in a Word document. I am aware that some individuals may have trouble accessing Box due to organization-related restrictions. If that is the case, please contact me and I can provide an alternate means of accessing the content.

Finally, I recognize that we are entering a busy time of year and thank you in advance for any feedback that you can provide on this resource. The Climate 101 team appreciates your willingness to contribute your expertise to reviewing one of the first Climate READi deliverables.

Laura Fischer
Climate READi Workstream 1 Lead

To read the Climate READi Affinity Group Agreement click here.