Emergency Support Function #12 Energy Annex
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||Department of State
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||National Communications System
||Nuclear Regulatory Commission
||Tennessee Valley Authority
Emergency Support Function (ESF) #12 — Energy helps restore the Nation’s energy
systems following a major disaster, emergency, or other significant event
requiring Federal response assistance. In addition, the Department of
Energy (DOE) members of ESF #12 provide direct coordination with all other
departmental response elements.
Updated: June 3, 1999
ESF #12 gathers, assesses, and shares information on energy system damage
and estimations on the impact of energy system outages within affected areas.
Additionally, this ESF works closely with and aids in meeting requests for
assistance from State and local energy officials, energy suppliers, and deliverers.
Within the ESF #12 agencies are a variety of assets and resources that may
be used in response to any event involving energy or multihazard problems.
“Energy” includes producing, refining, transporting, generating, transmitting,
conserving, building, and maintaining energy systems and system components;
“multihazard” includes radiological materials, weapons of mass destruction,
and terrorism incidents.
Damage to an energy system in one geographic region may affect energy supplies
in other regions that rely on the same delivery systems. Consequently,
energy supply and transportation problems can be intrastate, interstate, and
- Upon activation of ESF #12, DOE Headquarters will establish the Headquarters
Emergency Management Team (EMT).
- DOE Headquarters will assign personnel to temporary duty at the Federal
Emergency Management (FEMA) Headquarters, Regional Operations Center, and
Disaster Field Office as needed.
- The ESF #12 priority will be to save lives, protect property, and assist
other ESFs by aiding in the restoration of damaged energy systems.
- Within 24 hours of implementation of the Federal Response Plan or upon
instruction from FEMA, DOE Headquarters will start submitting situation
reports to FEMA Headquarters.
- The suddenness and devastation of a disaster, either natural or man-made,
may sever key energy lifelines, constraining supply in affected areas and
most likely adversely impacting adjacent areas, especially those with supply
links to the directly affected areas. Such an event also could affect
transportation, communications, and other lifelines needed for public health
- Basic planning assumptions for such an event:
- There may be widespread and possibly prolonged electric power failures;
- The transportation and telecommunications infrastructures may be affected;
- Delays in the production, refining, and delivery of petroleum-based
products may occur as a result of loss of commercial electric power.
- ESF #12 response and restoration activities:
- Serve as the focal point within the Federal Government for receipt
of reports on damage to energy supply and distribution systems and requirements
for system restoration;
- Advise Federal, State, and local authorities on priorities for energy
restoration, assistance, and supply;
- Assist industry, State, and local emergency response actions;
- Assist Federal departments and agencies by locating fuel for transportation,
communications, emergency operations, and national defense;
- Recommend Federal actions to conserve fuel and electric power; and
- Provide energy supply information and guidance on the conservation
and efficient use of energy to Federal, State, and local governments and
to the public.
- Concept of Operations
- National Level
- Assess fuel and electric power damage, energy supply and demand, and
identify requirements to repair energy systems:
- Coordinate closely with Federal and State officials to establish
priorities to repair damaged energy systems, and coordinate the provision
of temporary, alternate, or interim sources of emergency fuel and power;
- Obtain current information regarding damage to energy supply and
distribution systems and assess the requirements for restoration;
- Provide timely and credible energy supply forecasts;
- Provide technical experts on energy supply production and delivery
to coordinate energy information exchange;
- Coordinate with other ESFs to provide timely and accurate energy impact
information, recommend options to mitigate impacts, and coordinate repair
and restoration of energy systems; and
- Operate around-the-clock from the DOE Headquarters Operations Center
(OC), telephone (202) 586-8100.
- Regional Level
- Appoint a person to represent ESF #12 in its dealings with the Federal
Coordinating Officer (FCO), the State Coordinating Officer (SCO), and
any other pertinent Federal, State, and local officials;
- Obtain information regarding energy impacts and provide input to situation
and other reports to the national ESF through the DOE OC;
- Coordinate with Federal and State officials and energy industries in
the region regarding priorities to repair damaged energy systems; and
- Through the DOE OC, provide direct coordination with all other DOE
- Response Actions
- DOE’s Headquarters Emergency Management Team will:
- Activate DOE’s disaster response procedures;
- Brief the ESF #12 representative to the Catastrophic Disaster Response
- Assign, as necessary, staff representation to the Emergency Support
Team at FEMA Headquarters;
- Arrange, as necessary, for ESF #12 representation at the regional
- Use available information to determine the status and assess the
energy impacts of the disaster, including resources needed to respond.
- At the regional level, ESF #12 will:
- Receive and respond to requests for information from States, local
governments, other Federal agencies, and industry;
- Assist the FCO and SCO to establish priorities to repair damage;
- Identify needed resources to repair or restore damaged energy systems;
- Provide periodic situation and any other reports as directed by DOE
- Primary Agency: Department of
- Serve as the focal point for issues and policy decisions relating to
energy in all response and restoration efforts;
- Monitor energy system damage and repair work;
- Collect, assess, and provide information on energy supply, demand,
and prices; contribute to situation and after-action reports;
- Identify supporting resources needed to restore energy systems;
- Deploy DOE response teams as needed to affected area(s) to assist in
response and restoration efforts; and
- Review and sponsor, to the National Communications System, the energy
industry’s requests for Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP) assignments
to provision new services.
- Support Agencies
- Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
- Provide advice regarding the restoration of electrical power in Rural
Utilities Service (RUS)-financed systems. This includes estimating
system damage, available supply, and the need for local assistance;
- Provide emergency credit to RUS-financed rural electrification systems;
- Identify surplus power available from RUS-financed systems and other
sources, and help make it available to areas of need.
- Department of Defense
- Director of Military Support
Report damage assessment and recommend priorities to ESF #12 for restoring
energy service to critical defense facilities; and
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Coordinate emergency power team taskings with power-system restoration
activities to assist in setting priorities and ensure that time and resources
are not wasted in providing support to a facility that is about to have
its power restored.
- Department of the Interior
- Bureau of Land Management
- Provide information on energy production and supply on Federal
- Assess damage to production and transmission systems; and
- Provide engineering and technical support as necessary.
- Bureau of Reclamation
- Provide technical assistance for assessment of hydroelectric facilities
and flood control actions as they affect energy production;
- Utilize Bureau of Reclamation personnel to assist in repair of
damaged hydropower generation facilities;
- Modify operations at Bureau of Reclamation facilities to increase
electrical generation to supplement losses in areas damaged by a disaster;
- Utilize hydroelectric plants’ internal restart capabilities to
assist in restoring the power system if blackouts occur.
- Minerals Management Service
- For offshore facilities, provide energy production and well reserve
- Assess energy production damage and projected repair schedules
for offshore facilities; and
- Provide engineering and technical support as necessary.
- Department of State
- Coordinate with foreign nations and international organizations for
assistance and information regarding energy supply and system damage;
- Assist in implementation of emergency-related international energy
- Department of Transportation, Office of Pipeline Safety
Respond to requests for waiver of restrictions to meet emergency requirements.
- National Communications System
- Assist DOE in its efforts to aid the energy industry to provide new
services or to restore existing services that are assigned TSP restoration
- Assess damage to telecommunications identified by DOE as essential
for energy system restoration (Electrical Service Priorities).
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Report power status of nuclear power plants in affected areas.
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- Assess supply, system damage, and repair requirements within the
Tennessee Valley Authority;
- Supply surplus power as required to the power grid;
- Supply critical replacement parts and equipment as requested; and
- Supply technical expertise as requested.