Neither Snow nor Rain nor Heat nor Gloom of Night

John Shenot, a senior associate at the Regulatory Assistance Project, recently wrote a guest post at detailing the use of alternative energy sources in emergency planning — a topic well worth considering for those working in disaster and emergency management.

Shenot describes a recent set of presentations at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) by representatives from the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy, who spoke of how the military is making use of these resilience boosting systems. “These systems are designed to operate as isolated microgrids and provide enough power to serve all critical loads on their respective bases for an indefinite period of time during emergencies,” wrote Shenot.

He also points to examples in New York (The City University of New York’s Smart DG Hub: Resilient Solar project), San Francisco (The San Francisco Department of the Environment’s Solar and Energy Storage for Resiliency) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Market Pathways program.