MD Energy Assurance Planning

CHHS Supports Maryland’s Energy Assurance Planning

Hurricane Irene. The June 2012 derecho. Superstorm Sandy. These natural disasters show
the vulnerability of our energy infrastructure and the importance of emergency backup power and energy assurance planning.

Led by Senior Law & Policy Analyst Trudy Henson, CHHS worked with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security (GOHS), the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) to enhance Maryland’s energy resilience by focusing on emergency backup power for critical services and infrastructure.

CHHS built on its work developing Maryland’s 2012 Energy Assurance Plan (EAP), by identifying and prioritizing critical services and infrastructure for emergency backup power, recommending legislative, regulatory, and policy approaches
to emergency backup power, and assisting local jurisdictions in developing their energy assurance plans. While Maryland is at the forefront of states in a number of aspects of emergency backup power, CHHS provided comprehensive and tailored analysis, solutions, and guidance to help Maryland achieve even greater energy resilience.

Understanding the importance of local energy assurance planning (LEAP), CHHS provided guidance and assistance to local jurisdictions and conducted outreach. CHHS conducted a LEAP webinar for local jurisdictions and their state and private-sector counterparts, gave guidance on creating LEAP plans, and developed LEAP templates to help emergency managers create their plans.

CHHS’ insight and recommended solutions have better positioned Maryland to ensure energy resilience in the face of increased occurrences of natural disasters and other emergencies that threaten critical services and infrastructure.

This text was taken from the Spring & Summer 2013 Newsletter.

 

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