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Energy Assurance and Resiliency

Energy Assurance

The Commonwealth’s Emergency Support Function #12 and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) Energy Assurance Plan (ENAP) provides guidance for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania staff in charge of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from energy emergencies. The PA DEP’s Energy Programs Office (EPO) shares responsibility for energy assurance in the Commonwealth with the DEP Environmental Emergency Response Manager and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PA PUC). EPO and PA PUC partner with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and PA Department of Homeland Security (PA DHS) to prepare for, monitor, and respond to energy assurance concerns. EPO is primarily responsible for liquid fuels energy emergencies, including those involving petroleum and propane supply disruptions, while the PA PUC is primarily responsible for electric and natural gas energy emergencies.

Petroleum Shortage Response Plan

The Petroleum Shortage Response Plan, an Appendix to the PA DEP ENAP, includes detailed contingency measures for addressing petroleum shortages, including addressing priority needs for end users of petroleum and other liquid fuels during emergencies. The Petroleum Shortage Response Plan includes procedures for the petroleum sector to collectively address supply and infrastructure issues to avoid and/or mitigate fuel shortages for end users.  Planning and coordination of efforts among the private sector energy providers that produce, transport, and distribute petroleum products is critical to preventing and/or minimizing supply disruptions at an intra-state, interstate, and regional level. A guide book is now available.

Local Energy Emergency Planning

To assist counties in emergency response planning, EPO staff contracted with ICF to:

  1. Develop an Energy Assurance Emergency Planning Template for use by local governments to develop robust Energy Assurance Emergency Plans. The template also includes a survey tool for Liquid Fuels Shortage Planning to be used by local governments to determine liquid-fuel needs and resources available prior to an emergency.
  2. Develop training and outreach materials to support local governments in their energy assurance planning efforts.

These materials are being used for regional trainings to help counties test their preparedness for a diverse range of energy emergency events. The workbook and template together further enhance coordination of efforts among the state and local government and private sectors to prepare for energy supply disruptions.

Other Energy Assurance Efforts

EPO staff work closely with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response who works with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Regulatory Commission, State Energy Offices, Local Governments and the private sector providing technical expertise to ensure the security, resiliency and survivability of key energy assets and critical energy infrastructure at home and abroad.  

The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)  provides technical assistance, education and outreach to support states' energy assurance planning, response, and smart grid resiliency efforts. The committee is responsible for cyber-security as part of its energy assurance efforts.   It also sponsors the state energy office participation in the Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinators, which are the state point of contacts in an energy emergency.  This effort is sponsored and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE).
EPO staff integrate energy assurance and resiliency planning into other projects and programs such as the Climate Program and projects funded under the State Energy Program. This includes projects aimed at bolstering resiliency through promoting energy efficiency, alternative energy and energy diversification.