A steady stream of reliable energy provides the foundation for a functioning modern society, and residents of Maryland have come to expect minimal interruptions in their supply of electricity, transportation fuels, and heating products. Energy supplies are not just a convenience, but have become a necessity for individuals and businesses. A prolonged interruption of the supply of basic energy or fuel (petroleum products, electricity, or natural gas) would likely result in significant harm to Maryland's public health, safety, economy, and security.
Although energy commodities are supplied by private firms, the State's interest in providing for the welfare of its citizens gives it a role to play in helping firms assure the continued provision of energy and fuel. The Maryland Energy Assurance Plan (EAP) points the way to improving energy assurance in the state, and is intended to help mitigate the impacts of an energy supply interruption and to help the State return to normal conditions as quickly as possible.
In 2009, Maryland received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to create an energy assurance plan. Three State agencies — the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) — collaborated to develop the Maryland Energy Assurance Plan (EAP). The broad purpose of the EAP is four-fold:
- To provide an overview of Maryland's interdependent energy landscape as a means to enhance reliability and facilitate recovery from disruptions to the State's energy supply.
- To provide background information that will help to guide investments in energy infrastructure going forward.
- To provide an analysis of the pre- and post- emergency roles, responsibilities, and relationships between the various actors in the State's energy supply.
- To provide background information to aid public agencies and private entities as they develop specific procedural energy emergency plans.
So that an effective emergency response can be coordinated, the Maryland EAP provides the background necessary for understanding conditions of the energy sector in the State. The EAP is a reference for public agencies and private energy firms developing procedural energy emergency plans. Local officials may download the State's plan as a resource for creating their own energy emergency procedural plans.
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For more information, contact David St. Jean by email at David.StJean@maryland.gov or by phone at (410) 260-7182.