Update: Military Energy Resilience Catalyst (MERC) 2019 Cohort Attends FEMP Energy Exchange 2019!

 
The MERC ‘19 Cohort pictured with:  Lisa Jung, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy |Ariel Castillo, Senior Energy Resilience Program Manager for OASD Energy, Installations & Environment | Wally Ludwig, Director of Energy Performance at U.S. Department of Defense | Tim Tetreault, Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)

The MERC ‘19 Cohort pictured with:

Lisa Jung, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy |Ariel Castillo, Senior Energy Resilience Program Manager for OASD Energy, Installations & Environment | Wally Ludwig, Director of Energy Performance at U.S. Department of Defense | Tim Tetreault, Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)

 

The MERC ‘19 Cohort came together at the 2019 FEMP Energy Exchange Conference, the largest annual gathering of DoD and Federal government employees working in energy and water resilience. During the event, the MERC cohort: 

  • Participated in coffee and lunch meetings with members of the DoD energy leadership who provided guidance and oversight to catalyze their project success.

  • Identified individual goals for their Energy Exchange experience, including stakeholders they needed to engage to achieve those goals.

  • Attended sessions based on the project milestones and goals identified during the first MERC cohort trip and follow-up conversations with the team.

  • Met with technology partners to accelerate their project concepts.

  • Briefed the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Ms. Lisa Jung, on their project concepts, next steps, and how the MERC program has accelerated their progress.

 
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This meeting at Energy Exchange built upon the previous site visit at MCAS Miramar and UCSD and monthly virtual cohort meetings, where the MERC team set up briefings by industry experts on relevant topics such as cybersecurity, alternative funding sources, energy resilience exercises, and all-hazards analysis. The MERC ‘19 Cohort will reconvene at the 2019 SERDP and ESTCP Symposium in Washington, DC this December. The MERC program continues to support energy leaders across the DoD through the MERC Online Community also launched during Energy Exchange.

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About MERC

Converge Strategies, LLC runs the Military Energy Resilience Catalyst (MERC) program in partnership with Idaho National Laboratory and DoD's ESTCP program. MERC is an accelerator program for DoD energy resilience professionals. 16 civilians from installations around the country (representing Army, Navy, Air Force, and U.S. Marine Corps) comprise the 2019 MERC Cohort. As part of the program these individuals are provided enhanced access to energy resilience learning events, energy technology demonstrations, and connections to the MERC faculty, a collection of experts from across the DoD and energy technology