Top energy officials from the military services underscored DOD’s shift in focus from energy efficiency to energy resilience at a roundtable last week in Boston hosted by the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force. The Army has taken aggressive measures to ensure its critical missions can be sustained in the most extreme circumstances, Jack Surash, acting deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability, told participants. One approach the service has introduced is to “pull the plug” on an installation, cutting off its electricity to test its ability to recover and resume its missions, according to a press release.
“Our structured, pull-the-plug exercises are giving us ground truth about our resilience and allowing us to readily address any shortfalls,” said Surash. “In the end, until you conduct end-to-end system tests you don’t know what you don’t know,” he said. The roundtable looked at opportunities for enhancing energy resilience at Massachusetts’ six installations.
Learn more about the military’s focus on energy resilience and other policy trends at the DOD Energy & Water Forum in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
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