Announcement: Now Accepting Applications for the 2020 MERC Cohort

The Military Energy Resilience Catalyst [MERC] is an accelerator program for military energy resilience professionals to strengthen energy resilience across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). MERC Cohort members are selected annually from a competitive pool of energy resilience professionals from across the Military Services. Click here to apply and find out more about what it means to be a member of the MERC Cohort.

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Update: 2019 Military Energy Resilience Catalyst (MERC) Cohort visits MCAS Miramar and U.C. San Diego

MERC is an accelerator program for DoD energy resilience professionals. The 2019 MERC Cohort has just returned from San Diego where they toured state-of-the-art energy infrastructure at both Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and the University of California San Diego.

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New Report: The Value of Resilience for Distributed Energy Resources

We released The Value of Resilience for Distributed Energy Resources with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Distributed energy resources (DER), such as microgrids, solar photovoltaics, and storage, can contribute to a more resilient and secure electric grid. This report examines methods for incorporating the energy resilience value of DERs into investment decision making.

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Currently Hiring: Senior Associate

Converge Strategies, LLC is hiring for a Senior Associate based in Washington, DC.  Please find the job description attached, and forward to any candidates you think would be interested.  We're looking for exceptional candidates that can support a wide variety of projects focused on advanced energy, resilience, and national security.

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CareerMichael Wu
New Report: Beyond the Fence Line: Strengthening Military Capabilities through Energy Resilience Partnerships,

We released Beyond the Fence Line: Strengthening Military Capabilities through Energy Resilience Partnerships, with the Association of Defense Communities. The report outlines the military’s leading edge energy resilience practices and makes recommendations on how states, regulators, and utilities can partner with the military to protect critical infrastructure from energy disruptions.

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ReportWilson Rickerson
Press Release: As Threats to Electricity Grid Mount, the Military is Partnering with Local Communities to Deploy Solar, Wind, Batteries and Natural Gas

In an era of increased cyber threats and more frequent extreme weather events, a new report from the Association of Defense Communities and Converge Strategies details case studies and recommendations for Department of Defense partnership models that deploy distributed energy resources, including wind, solar, batteries and natural gas, to enhance energy security at domestic bases and local communities alike.

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Press ReleaseMichael Wu
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs: A New Military Energy Imperative

Recent reports from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have alerted Americans to efforts by the Russian government to target critical American infrastructure networks, particularly within the energy sector.  DHS and FBI reports detail the activities of several persistent and advanced Russian hacking units, which burrowed into utility company networks and, in at least one instance, gained access to a power plant’s critical controls.


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News StoryMichael Wu
Interview: Union of Concerned Scientists - The US Military, Resilient Energy, and the Zombie Apocalypse

The US military and its supporters understand the importance of resilient energy. With or without zombies.

Just last month, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee encouraged the Department of Defense (DoD) to “prioritize funding for energy-related projects, including renewable energy projects, to mitigate risk to mission-critical assets and promote energy security and efficiency at military installations” in the report accompanying the 2019 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill. The committee highlighted how renewable energy and smart technology investments can “shield mission-critical operations from disruptions to the power grid.”

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Currently Hiring: Senior Associate

Converge Strategies, LLC is hiring for a Senior Associate based in Washington, DC.  Please find the job description attached, and forward to any candidates you think would be interested.  We're looking for exceptional candidates that can support a wide variety of projects focused on advanced energy, resilience, and national security.

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CareerMichael Wu