Energy Resilience

Box Canyon Dam on a Pend Oreille River

What is Energy Resilience?

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) defines resilience as the capacity to anticipate, adapt to, and rapidly recover from disruptive incidents.

Energy Resilience for the State

During “Blue Sky” Days

Building resilient systems does not just happen during and after incidents, instead it involves ongoing work efforts to continuously strengthen our state’s ability to adapt to energy emergencies and to decrease the potential impacts of an incident. We do this by:
  • Training and exercising personnel in response operations. This gives us the opportunity to strengthen our ability to respond to any potential incidents in the future, but it also allows us to find areas in our plans that we can improve.
  • Coordinating with other state agencies to share ideas, cross-train, and share energy sector subject matter expertise.
  • Coordinating with energy industry stakeholders to gain insight on their planning needs, provide support, and share planning ideas in order to strengthen the overall approach

During Emergencies

Energy Emergency Management provides for the effective use of use of power during an incident, and facilitates the reestablishment of damaged systems. Our critical tasks and goals are the following:
  • Decreasing and stabilizing immediate infrastructure threats, and supporting mass care facilities and services.
  • Re-establish critical infrastructure to support ongoing emergency response operations, life sustainment, community functionality, and a transition to recovery.
  • Triage and collaborate on response with other governmental agencies and private stakeholders.


Elizabeth King
Energy Emergency Management Director
Phone: 360-764-0126