Adaptive Mitigation in the Electric Power Sector

42 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2012

See all articles by Lesley K. McAllister

Lesley K. McAllister

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Date Written: January, 29 2012


The electric power sector and other sectors that are the primary producers of greenhouse gases are in a unique position with respect to climate change. Over the next several decades, these sectors are likely to face increasing pressure to adopt mitigation measures that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In this process of transformation, an opportunity exists to adopt technologies and practices that not only further climate change mitigation but also climate change adaptation.

This article explains the disjuncture between mitigation and adaptation policy and the need for greater integration and analyzes the possibilities for synergies between mitigation and adaptation in the electric power sector. The analysis shows that several mitigation options, particularly energy efficiency and some renewable energy technologies, have a wide variety of adaptation benefits. The article then concludes with policy recommendations to promote adaptive mitigation.

Keywords: adaptation, mitigation, electricity sector, renewable energy, energy efficiency

JEL Classification: K32, K23

Suggested Citation

McAllister, Lesley K., Adaptive Mitigation in the Electric Power Sector (January, 29 2012). Brigham Young University Law Review, p. 2115, 2011; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 12-080. Available at SSRN:

Lesley K. McAllister (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

400 Mrak Hall Dr
Davis, CA CA 95616-5201

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