Energy Assurance and Energy Emergency Plans
The purpose of the Energy Assurance Plan (EAP) [PDF|9.5MB] is to develop a reasonable, effective and actionable Plan that will enhance state government Energy Assurance capabilities, energy reliability and identify new opportunities for enhanced assurance through technology. The EAP is intended to help State Energy Officials communicate and coordinate with energy stakeholders on energy disruptions and to prepare for potential disturbances. It provides a resource for State Energy Officials and other governmental stakeholders to understand the highly integrated and interdependent nature of the energy industry, the roles and responsibilities of regional organizations and designated State agencies, in the execution of effective pre-emergency mitigation, emergency response and restoration. The NYS EAP is part of the ongoing effort at the federal, state and local levels to enhance energy resiliency in New York. It also aligns with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) Energy Assurance Guidelines and references made available by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE). Unlike a general state energy plan, the EAP provides background while helping stakeholders and responders to understand inter-relatedness of energy systems and become acquainted with the processes for mitigation and restoration. The EAP contains information about major energy sectors, interdependencies, vulnerabilities and the consequences of disruptions. It summarizes information about how energy stakeholders address energy disruptions and shortages and suggests mitigation measures beyond those addressed by the energy industry that New York might apply to various types and levels of supply disruptions.
New York State Energy Emergency Plan
The availability of adequate and reliable energy resources plays a vital role in the economic activities and general well-being of New Yorkers. Recognizing this, the State Legislature under the State Energy Law in 1976, authorized the preparation of a New York State Energy Emergency Plan [PDF] to serve as an “integrated resource plan specifying actions to be taken in the event of the declaration by the Governor of an energy or fuel supply emergency.” An energy emergency is defined as a significant fuel supply shortage relative to demand or a significant price escalation sufficient to result in a general threat to the health and welfare of the State’s citizens and the economy of the State or a region. The principal objectives of the Energy Emergency Plan are to: protect public health, safety, and welfare; minimize economic disruption; and, direct scarce energy supplies in an equitable manner among competing essential purposes.
The Energy Emergency Plan, updated on an annual basis, has been developed in accordance with certain planning guidelines that aim to: provide the flexibility required to meet a broad range of supply disruptions that may have materially different consequences; incorporate and, if necessary, supplement private sector emergency planning efforts, such as the emergency operating plans of local electric distribution companies in the State; rely to the maximum extent practicable on voluntary rather than mandatory strategies; include detailed strategies and options that respond to a broad range of information needs; and, develop New York State's emergency response options in light of federal strategies and energy industry practices.