Energy resilience: exercises for Marine Corps installations
Microgrids are areas that are self-sufficient for power that can controllably disconnect from the incoming utility feed and control generation assets in conjunction with changing load requirements. They are increasingly being touted as a way to improve installations energy resilience because they allow installations to decouple from the larger electric grid if it fails and continue to provide power in the face of growing natural and man-made threats to Marine Corps installations. However, before commanders can put resources toward upgrading infrastructure, they need to identify and understand their vulnerabilities. A key way to do this is by holding exercises designed to simulate grid failures and outages either in a tabletop manner or in realtime. These exercises also help personnel train for disruptions, understand their impact on operations, and identify unknown interdependencies that can be just as important as investing in resilient technology and the physical electric grid. In order for the equipment to work, personnel have to know how to employ it and commands need to understand how outages will affect their installations. These types of exercises are as important as the physical infrastructure or ensuring the energy resilience of Marine Corps installations and the missions that depend on them in the future.