Enhancing Energy Preparedness in the Commonwealth

Electricity is essential to our daily life and is the lifeline for our communities.  Electricity pumps clean drinking water and operates our wastewater treatment plants; it moves natural gas through pipelines and powers critical facilities such as healthcare, food and fuel operations.

As the effects of natural and man-made disaster have become more frequent, communities must prepare for potential energy disruptions that can significantly impact critical services.

To help safeguard community lifelines during an emergency or power disruption, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) in partnership with the Electricity Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council, announce a new program to enhance energy preparedness in the Commonwealth. The program is available statewide to aid local planners, emergency managers, and civic leaders in planning for energy needs.

“It’s crucial for our citizens that our local government understand their critical facility energy vulnerabilities during a disaster or power disruption and can plan for mitigation actions,” said EEC Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman.  “We are excited about what the EIS Council can bring to the community resilience discussion.”

The Energy Preparedness Project includes the development of an energy assurance toolkit that will set the foundation for energy data collection and raise awareness of energy concepts. Beginning next month, the EIS Council and the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy (OEP) will host five educational webinars to increase awareness and provide basic training of the energy assurance toolkit.

The EIS Council will support local governments’ understanding of power outage vulnerabilities at critical facilities — while better enabling mitigation actions to stabilize these critical lifelines.

“EIS is pleased to partner with the Kentucky OEP in developing critical components to aid communities across the state build awareness and resilience for their vital energy needs,” said John Heltzel, EIS Director of Resilience Planning. “In today’s highly interconnected and interdependent world, the need for new tools and techniques to address key energy resilience issues is essential.”

Over the next several months, the OEP will partner with the EIS Council to conduct awareness webinars and develop unique foundational tools to aid local planners, emergency managers, and civic leaders in planning for our energy needs, Heltzel said.

The EIS Council hosts national and international collaboration on resilience and whole community restoration and response planning, addressing severe, national and global scale hazards to lifeline infrastructures. EIS Council’s programming help utilities and their partners develop and implement cost effective, consensus-based protection measures by hosting frameworks for sustained coordination, planning and best practice development.

For more information about Kentucky’s energy assurance initiative, contact Amanda.LeMaster@ky.gov