Energy Security Planning for Sustainable Buildings

For energy security, Federal facility managers have a responsibility to consider a broad array of potential threats and incident scenarios. An underlying process or methodology is essential to comprehensively and intelligently address all elements of energy security analysis.

Given recent blackouts and concerns about vulnerable infrastructure, many public and private organizations are taking steps to ensure reliable power and continuity of operations in the event of future outages. Some government facilities have the capacity to survive short-term power outages, but are now evaluating whether their back-up power capabilities are sufficient to serve their most critical needs during a prolonged outage.

Energy Security Assessments

For analysis and planning, see Performing Energy Security Assessments—A How-To Guide for Federal Facility Managers. This best practices guide describes a recommended process for preparing the a comprehensive energy security plan, including how to perform a vulnerability assessment; how to create energy preparedness plans; and how to take steps to address any vulnerabilities identified. The guide also includes a template to help your facility draft its energy security plan.

Energy-Security Critical Facilities and Sectors

Facilities in critical need of energy security assessments include U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Defense facilities, government offices with essential missions, defense-related installations, and command and control facilities. Government experts (Office of the President 2003) cite the following 12 critical Federal sectors:

  • Agriculture and food
  • Water
  • Public Health
  • Emergency Services
  • Government
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Information and Telecommunications
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Chemical Industry and Hazardous Materials
  • Postal and Shipping