The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has grown increasingly concerned with energy disruptions due to climate change hazards and determined adversaries. Under multiple administrations, DoD officials have designated energy resilience as a central tenet of DoD energy policy and programs. This increased concern has led to an exponential proliferation of distributed energy resources (DER) across the country; that being said, the general practice of deploying DERs for energy resilience is still emerging. As such, models for DER project approval, development, finance, and deployment based on sophisticated forecasting and system planning assumptions continue to evolve and offer opportunities for innovation, particularly in light of recent power emergencies in the civilian sector. Those interested or invested in the energy sector need to be ready to exploit these opportunities for technological innovation as they emerge, while taking into account pertinent changes in regulation of the power grid and learning from past civilian experiences.
The future of DoD’s energy resilience strategy will require new partnerships and arrangements with utilities and other private sector providers, an extended emphasis on low-carbon solutions, as well, of course, as a continuing focus on challenges related to cybersecurity and integrated grid operations required to strengthen national military capabilities and resilience. Since DoD is an essential partner in the new Administration's major proposed new climate change and clean energy programs, the panel, which includes a contributor to the chapter "Mission Essential" in ABA's recently published book on Distributed Energy Resources, will provide insights relevant to all attorneys.
Kevin Johnson, President, Glidepath Federal Solutions, Elmhurst, IL
Taite McDonald, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC
Chris Murray, Distributed Energy Developer and Strategic Energy and Policy Advisor, Washington, DC
Michael Wu, Principal; Co-Founder, Converge Strategies, LLC, Seattle, WA