Congress continued its focus on enhancing installations’ energy resilience by emphasizing several new priorities and goals for the military departments in the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. The conference report directs DOD to include its energy security and resilience goals, along with a description of its progress meeting those goals, in an existing annual installation energy report. The report should include “the amount of critical energy load, together with the level of availability and reliability by fiscal year the Department of Defense deems necessary to achieve energy security and resilience,” according to section 312. The report should list awarded and planned energy resilience projects, including ones relying on alternative financing.
The provision provides DOD the authority to require the military departments “to perform mission assurance and readiness assessments of energy power systems for mission critical assets and supporting infrastructure, applying uniform mission standards established by the secretary of defense.” DOD also can establish metrics and standards for assessing energy resilience.
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