Utility Dive: Valuing the energy resilience contributions of distributed energy
Announcement: Military Energy Resilience Catalyst (MERC) Innovation Challenge
The current threat environment requires new approaches to power system resilience — but there are valid concerns about the costs to harden the grid.
At the same time, surging advanced energy markets are creating new technology options for energy resilience — even as they are re-shaping and disrupting the energy industry.
HuffPost: Trump Says America Needs Coal For Grid Security. The Military Proves Otherwise.
In partnership with MD5, the MERC Innovation Challenge seeks creative solutions that can be implemented now to minimize the damage and disruption of a future disaster and bring together a community of stakeholders with diverse interests in continuity of operations.
Greentech Media: US Military Microgrids Are Using More Renewables and Batteries
Over the last two years, President Trump has made every effort to rescue America’s ailing coal industry, opening public lands to mining, weakening limits on pollution, and potentially eliminating protections for miners. It hasn’t worked. Utilities continue to shutter coal-fired power plants, and mining firms continue to shed workers.
Experts Only: Live from Solar Power International - The Economics of Microgrids
The White House's failed bailout of coal and nuclear plants caused a lot of chatter about grid resilience in Washington. But the Department of Defense and U.S. military were working on resilience-related projects long before Trump took office.
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs: A New Military Energy Imperative
Missed Solar Power International and Energy Storage International in Anaheim this year? Experts Only hosted our podcast in front of a live audience to discuss the Economics of Microgrids with Miranda Ballentine (Constant Power), Sachu Constantine (Vote Solar), David Rubin (PG&E) and Mike Wu (Converge Strategies).
Interview: Union of Concerned Scientists - The US Military, Resilient Energy, and the Zombie Apocalypse
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.
Boston Green Ribbon Commission: National Security Challenges in the Age of Climate Change
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.”
Last month, Defense Secretary James Mattis called climate change a threat to America’s military capability when he submitted Senate testimony that unequivocally states climate change is a threat to America’s national security. In his testimony, Science Magazine reported, Mattis stressed that it was incumbent on the U.S. military to consider how changes like open-water routes in the thawing Arctic and drought in global trouble spots can pose challenges for troops and defense planners.