Energy Resilience Initiatives

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Energy, Installations, and Environment (OASD(EI&E)) is leading energy resilience initiatives to ensure that the DoD has the ability to prepare for and recover from energy disruptions that impact mission assurance on military installations. Further, energy resilience encourages the necessary planning and capabilities to ensure available, reliable, and quality power to continuously accomplish DoD missions. DoD continues to pursue a number of initiatives to enhance the energy resilience of its military installations, which are detailed in the following.

Power Resilience Initiative

On December 16, 2013, as an initial step in its energy resilience initiatives, the OASD(EI&E) released its DoD Electric Power Resilience memorandum. This initial step realized the existence of key resilience policies and requested Defense Components’ adherence to them. It directed an electric power resilience review to examine installation adherence to key resilience policies, identify gaps in policy, and engage with the Defense Components to define future energy resilience requirements. The OASD(EI&E) has led an Energy Resilience Working Group, established in December 2012, with representation from the Defense Components to better understand energy resilience requirements to enhance mission assurance on its installations. The memorandum and supporting documents authorizing the review are located below:

Energy Resilience Guidance

From December 2013 to August 2014, DoD completed its power resilience initiative to examine installation adherence to key energy resilience policies. As a result of the review, DoD found that several policies already exist to provide guidance to Components and installation commanders to ensure energy resilience of military installations.

From March 2015 to March 2016, DoD pursued and completed its update to installation and facility energy policy that will help raise awareness and prioritize important energy resilience requirements. This update will assist Components to better align energy requirements with critical DoD missions, encourage integrated and holistic energy solutions beyond typical standby generators, and support continued performance to already existing requirements. Energy resilience requirements include the appropriate sizing of energy generation systems as well as maintenance, fueling, and testing of energy generation systems. The energy resilience change to DoDI 4170.11, Installation Energy Management, is located below: From March 2016 to March 2017, DoD pursued and completed its Energy Resilience: Operations, Maintenance, and Testing (OM&T) Strategy and Implementation Guidance. This guidance responds to the requirement within SASC Report, page 118 of the NDAA for FY 2017 to develop a comprehensive strategy, including a development and implementation plan that replaces or improves emergency power generation readiness, reduces system maintenance, and improves fuel flexibility to ensure the sustainability of all Department emergency power generation systems in operation. The guidance was released on March 17, 2017 by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installation Energy (ODASD(IE)). The memorandum, guidance, and appendices are located below:

Energy Resilience Business Case Analysis Study

On April 28, 2015, the OASD(EI&E) commissioned a study to investigate business case analysis approaches for energy resilience. An important objective of the study was to identify energy projects that improve energy resilience and are cost effective on military installations. The study considered broad, cost effective energy resilience solutions to improve mission assurance on military installations. The study completed on October 4, 2016. The documents authorizing the energy resilience business case analysis study and the completed study can be found below. As a follow-on to the MIT-LL study, the OASD(EI&E) released a request for information (RFI) on March 10, 2017 and a request for quotation (RFQ) on August 14, 2017. The project title for these requests is Alternative Financing for Energy Resilience Projects and the Establishment of a Defense Energy Resilience Bank for National Security. This study will use the results of the MIT-LL energy resilience framework, and the associated tool development, data, and information, to better translate DoD mission requirements to financial and lending institutions. The study will include the development of a financing tool to provide key DoD and financial institution stakeholders metrics needed to make risk-informed decisions for lending and accelerating adoption of alternative financing for defense energy resilience projects. Information on existing DoD policy and authorities to pursue energy projects, to include energy resilience projects, can be found by CLICKING HERE. Information related to the RFI and RFQ can be found at the FedBizOpps webpage by CLICKING HERE.

As a follow-on to the MIT-LL study, the OASD(EI&E) commissioned MIT-LL to conduct a review in FY 2018 to develop a framework to better prioritize its mission requirements to inform cost-effective and reliable energy resilience solutions for critical mission operations. This review will look to inform the development of critical energy loads and mission performance metrics on military installations. Further, the life cycle cost analysis and availability/reliability tool developed in MATLAB will be integrated into a web-based tool for wider user access across the DoD. This tool has undergone updates and revisions with the Military Departments, and will be integrated and made available for DoD-wide use as part of the FY 2018 review. More information will be made available over the course of FY 2018 on this on-going review.

Engaging with Stakeholders

DoD continues to build on its energy resilience partnerships with its Federal partners and the private sector. Collaboration with local utility providers, as well as state and local emergency management agencies, is also critical to enhance resilience and rapidly restore the commercial electric grid. The DoD continues to collaborate and engage with its Federal, state, local, and private sector partners to enhance the resilience of the commercial and its base electric grid.

Reporting on Utility Outages

DoD provides information to Congress on utility outages at military installations. This information is provided for compliance to Title 10, U.S.C §2925(a). DoD conducts an annual survey of utility outages on military installations to report to Congress. Generally, utility outages on military installations are primarily of short duration and result from natural or reliability related issues. The full details of the utility outage survey can be found in the DoD’s Annual Energy Management and Resilience (AEMR) Report by CLICKING HERE.
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