If a major weather event cuts off electricity to your local community, how long can your critical facilities such as hospitals or wastewater treatment facilities be self-sufficient? Do you have back up-fuel solutions? Do you know how energy is supplied to your region or across Kentucky? Does your city have an energy assurance plan?
Frankfort, KY –(August 6, 2020) – Energy assurance is a vast array of on-going activities. It requires a continuous process of planning and preparedness, mitigation and energy emergency response actions, and on-going communication.
The Kentucky Office of Energy Policy (OEP) understands energy assurance begins at the local level. For many communities, pulling together project funding and finding the technical assistance to assess hazard-related vulnerabilities and prepare mitigation plans present difficult barriers to overcome.
The OEP provides assistance to help communities achieve energy assurance goals through public and private partnerships, resources, and programs. Kentucky’s area development districts and local governments are also encouraged to utilize the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program, a new hazard mitigation funding opportunity recently announced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
BRIC funding is one way to prepare and plan for energy emergencies and know how to take action. BRIC provides funds to states, local communities, tribes and territories for eligible mitigation activates to strengthen our nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness. These programs allow for funding to be used on projects that will reduce future disaster losses.
The BRIC application period opens on Sept. 30, 2020. Applications must be submitted by 3 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Jan. 29, 2021. For information on how to apply, visit FEMA, Fiscal Year 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants.
In addition, FEMA just wrapped up its month-long, five-part BRIC Summer Engagement Series, which brought FEMA subject matter experts and partners together one day a week throughout July to discuss key elements of the newly developed BRIC program. These virtual sessions were geared toward leaders in states, local communities, tribes and territories, as well as private sector entities, private non-profit organizations, and individuals interested in learning more about the grant program. Watch the recordings and download copies of the presentations from the sessions, as they become available.
For more information, visit the fema.gov website
OEP Energy Assurance Initiatives 2020-2021
- The Kentucky Energy Assurance Planning Toolkit provides self-guided webinars, workbooks and interactive worksheets free of charge on the EEC Website. The toolkit is funded through a state energy program grant and developed by the Energy Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council, in partnership with OEP and U.S. Department of Energy. The toolkit serves as a foothold in local communities and sets the foundation for an energy data-collection process and future energy mitigation planning efforts to produce dynamic energy assurance plans. It also provides tools for local governments to access BRIC funding.
- This month, OEP announced a partnership with Bracken County Fiscal Court to conduct the first energy resilience survey project to provide the groundwork for future updates to the Buffalo Trace Area Development District Hazard Mitigation Plan. Data collection includes identifying energy sources, critical facility information, and identifying regional energy resilience and mitigation actions.
For details, contact OEP Energy Assurance Coordinator, Amanda LeMaster, Amanda.LeMaster@ky.gov.