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CESER's Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration (ISER) Division is responsible for coordinating the protection of critical energy assets and assisting Federal, state, and local governments with disruption preparation, response, and mitigation in support of Presidential Policy Directive 8.

DOE (through ISER) is the lead office for executing the Emergency Support Function 12 Energy (ESF-12) mission. This mission is outlined in the National Response Framework (NRF), and it facilitates the assessment, reporting, and restoration of damaged energy systems and components when activated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for incidents requiring a coordinated Federal response.

Robust exercises are crucial to ensure industry and government are better prepared to work as a team during real world emergencies, such hurricanes, earthquakes, or cyberattacks. DOE (through ISER) leads preparedness exercises at the local, state, and national levels. In April 2016, for example, DOE led Clear Path IV in Portland, Oregon and Washington, DC. Clear Path IV was an interagency exercise focused on testing and evaluating energy sector response plans to address modeled impacts from a scenario depicting a Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. In December 2016, DOE and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) co-sponsored Liberty Eclipse in Newport, RI. Liberty Eclipse was a regional energy assurance exercise to promote state- and local-level preparedness and resilience for future energy emergencies stemming from a cyber incident. Nearly 100 exercise participants were drawn from key state, local, federal, and industry (electric and oil and natural gas) organizations from the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. 

News and Updates

CESER Releases Clear Path VII After-Action Report
The Clear Path VII After-Action Report presents findings from the 2019 tabletop exercise.
June 30, 2020
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Preparedness and Response in Hurricane Season 2020
DOE is ready to safely facilitate the restoration of energy systems while protecting public health as the 2020 hurricane season comes underway.
June 1, 2020
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September is National Preparedness Month
Don’t get caught in the storm – this September, be prepared!
September 17, 2019
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Engaging State and Local Communities on Energy Security to Strengthen the Nation — Highlights from 2018
An important part of CESER’s critical energy infrastructure security mission is its engagement with State, Local, Tribal, and Territory partners.
August 20, 2019
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ClearPath VII Quick Look Report
The Clear Path VII Quick Look Report provides an exercise retrospective.
August 6, 2019
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ClearPath VII: Sizing up a Seismic Zone
In early May, CESER conducted its seventh iteration of the ClearPath exercise series.
June 3, 2019
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