GAIN Index Highlighted on Forbes.com

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Forbes contributor, Mark P. Mills, highlighted the GAIN Index in his Nov. 28 Energy Intelligence column, New York, Black Swans, Blackouts and Anti-Fragile Grids. Mills, founder and President of the energy consultancy Digital Power Group and Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, reflects on Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath and the necessity of ensuring resilient urban energy infrastructure:

Electric power for urban areas is the fundamental infrastructure on top of which the rest operate.  It’s more than lights and heat; it’s pumping gasoline, water, and sewage, keeping food cool and moving elevators. And it’s citizen and emergency communications, and community smartphone apps that help people help each other. The electric dependency of every aspect of modern society is hypertrophied in cities.

Mills notes that the GAIN Index is a key force in promoting innovation and engineering that considers adaptation needs: 

GAIN’s founder and CEO, Juan José Daboub, is an engineer by training and consummate financial diplomat.  Despite or perhaps because of his previous duty at the World Bank, he has a keen appreciation for the role of the private sector and the value of metrics. GAIN created an open-source system to quantify two key metrics: vulnerability and readiness.  Their first just-released global index provides rankings at the country level.  As Daboub is quick to point out, this is a first step, with more work to be done.  What’s next? Measurement indices for cities, localities?  Daboub has shown a way forward, and a framework.

You can read more of Mill’s articles and analysis on energy, technology and economics, here, on Forbes.com.