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Community & Infrastructure Resilience

Severe weather,  natural disaster and man-made events can stress or overwhelm power generation capacity or disrupt energy distribution.  Reduced access to energy can trigger cascading consequences that interrupt critical services, cease business activties, and threaten soical order. 

The State of Energy Infrastructure

The average power-generating plant in the United States was built in 1964 using technology from 1959. More than one-fifth of U.S. power plants are more than 50 years old.
On average, more than 500,000 U.S. energy customers are without power for two hours or longer every day of the year.
Overloading of high-voltage transmission lines has essentially doubled the rate of line losses since the 1980s. Replacing these lines has cost consumers an estimated $12 billion.

Questions to consider...

What critical systems, services, infrastructure, assets, or planned redundancies does our community rely on for everyday operations?
Would these be sufficient to respond to a disaster?
How are critical services and assets connected?  Energy is necessary to pump water to homes and businesses, and to pump fuel into emergency vehicles.  Hospitals, schools, factories, and banks need energy for equipment, lights, and heating or cooling.
What can be done to mitigate against these vulnerabilities or recover from hazards?
The continuous supply of energy—including effective back-up strategies—is critical for safety and comfort. Energy is also necessary to power critical infrastructure and businesses that keep people working and our economy functioning. Without a constant energy supply, many of today’s businesses simply will not function. For example, internet commerce, airline operations, and financial markets are totally dependent on continual access to energy.

Prolonged energy outages can lead to severe economic and societal impacts across many sectors, costing billions of dollars in reduced productivity and lost business. Estimates for the annual cost of U.S. electrical outages range from $70 to $120 billion.

Building the resilience of existing energy infrastructure and ensuring that new energy infrastructure can operate efficiently in the coming decades can reduce risks across multiple sectors.

Local governments are on the front lines of virtually all energy emergencies, and experts agree that the number of energy-related emergencies these agencies face will increase over time. Factors contributing to this expected increase include:
  • aging energy infrastructure
  • a mismatch between the capabilities of existing energy systems and the complicated demand profiles of today’s users, and
  • observed increases in the number, severity, and/or duration of weather-related hazards that disrupt energy supply.

Some relatively recent events have brought the topic of energy resilience to the forefront for local government planners. Chief among them are the widespread disasters that resulted from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. These and other events prompted cities across the nation to examine and bolster their plans for energy resilience. Additionally, federal agencies have mounted a coordinated effort to educate local governments about the benefits of energy-resilience planning, including strategies such as incorporating green building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy development into their plans.

Increasing interconnectedness among energy and other critical infrastructure can impact community health, safety, and stability. Identifying links between energy assets and other critical infrastructure can help communities identify areas of vulnerability, and then build redundancies into their operations to mitigate those vulnerabilities.

Stratis Resources can assit cities or businesses find effective and more efficient ways to plan for energy assurance including developing or participating in existing initiatives.  Getting a planning effort underway now can save time, money, and potentially lives when a disaster hits.

The preceding text is excerpted and abridged from the reports Local Government Energy Assurance Guidelines, Version 1.0 and Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment (Chapter 11: Urban Systems, Infrastructure, and Vulnerability).
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