New Release: HVDC Transmission: A National Security and Energy Resilience Imperative

May 22, 2023

The Big Picture. The nexus between energy and national security has come into sharper focus in the face of growing climate, physical, and cybersecurity risks. Within the U.S., energy system risks manifest with increasing frequency at the 500+ Department of Defense (DoD) installations across the country, as well as in the civilian infrastructure supporting them. As the single largest rate-paying customer in the country for utilities, disruptions in electricity, water, wastewater, communications, and transportation systems that service DoD can degrade readiness and mission capability.

The Opportunity. By aggregating energy resilience requirements across regions at an Interconnection scale, DoD can leverage the redundancy and resilience of the bulk electric system to ensure the resilient delivery of energy to DoD and the national security functions they perform. DoD’s climate and energy procurement goals create an opportunity for installation energy professionals to partner with utilities to understand threats to the grid, existing infrastructure planning outside the fence line, and shared local, state, and federal clean energy requirements.

The white paper “HVDC Transmission A National Security and Energy Resilience Imperative” explores the tools and methods available to power the essential facilities, assets, and systems of national security to chart a path to a clean and resilient energy future. This project was developed in collaboration with Invenergy to bring this critical topic into the public dialogue.

Section 1. The Energy And National Security Nexus

Section 2. DoD Energy Assurance Requirements

Section 3. HVDC’s Unique Value

Section 4. Cost Efficient Energy Resilience

Section 5. HVDC Benefits At All Levels

Section 6. The Call To Action HVDC