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The Energy Sector consists of thousands of electricity, oil, and natural gas assets that are geographically dispersed and connected by systems and networks. Therefore, interdependency within the sector and across the Nation's critical infrastructure sectors is critical. The energy infrastructure provides fuel to the Nation, and in turn depends on the Nation's transportation, communications, finance, and government infrastructures. The energy systems and networks cross the Nation's borders, making international collaboration a necessary component of the Energy Sector's efforts.

Protecting and improving the resiliency of the Energy Sector in the face of both manmade and natural disasters is an ongoing effort that requires continued vigilance, contingency planning, and training. With partnership as the cornerstone of its overall strategy, the Energy Sector already has numerous programs sponsored by dozens of public and private organizations that support the sector's security vision and goals. The programs fall within four main categories: information sharing and communication, physical and cyber security, coordination and planning, and public confidence.

The Energy Sector will continue to implement effective protective measures as it assesses the sector's security needs, develops programs, and finds long-term solutions, including research and development. To meet this mission, CESER's Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration (ISER) Division applies the Department of Energy's technical expertise to ensure the security, resiliency and survivability of key energy assets and critical energy infrastructure at home and abroad.

Helping to Ensure a Secure and Reliable Flow of Energy to the Nation

Applying the Department of Energy's technical expertise to help ensure the security, resiliency and survivability of key energy assets and critical energy infrastructure.

We work with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and other national, regional, state, and local government and commercial organizations to:

  • Support the national critical infrastructure protection program
  • Analyze infrastructure vulnerabilities and recommend preventive measures
  • Help other agencies prepare for and respond to energy emergencies and minimize the consequences of an emergency
  • Conduct emergency energy operations during a declared emergency or national security special event in accordance with the National Response Plan and
  • Strengthen energy sector cybersecurity preparedness and coordinate cyber incident response and recovery.

Situation Reports

DOE began issuing situation reports on Hurricane Florence on September 13, 2018. The Hurricane Florence situation reports are available HERE for downloading and viewing.  

Hurricanes Maria, Irma, Nate and Harvey Situation Reports

DOE issued situation reports on Hurricanes Maria, Irma, Nate and Harvey to provide details on the storms' impacts, and the energy industry's recovery and restoration activities. Beginning on October 16, 2017, the situation reports were condensed to focus on the status of energy infrastructure and restoration efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Beginning the week of December 4, DOE began issuing a single situation report on Wednesdays, with updates on the response and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As of January 31, 2018 regular updates on USVI restoration efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands were discontinued. On April 4, 2018, DOE discontinued the weekly Situation Reports related to Hurricanes Maria and Irma. DOE will continue to provide updates on any significant issues as appropriate.

Situation reports that were issued between September 20, 2017 and April 4, 2018.

Additional archived situation reports that were issued between August 26, 2017 and September 19, 2017.

Additional details about DOE's efforts with partners on response, recovery, and restoration efforts were provided in blogs posted on November 22, September 29, September 27, September 18, September 13, September 7, and August 25.