In response to increased concern about the potential impacts to the electric grid from a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP), in late 2015, the Secretary of Energy directed the development of an EMP resilience strategy in coordination with the electric power industry. In January 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) began work with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to develop such a strategy. The Joint Electromagnetic Pulse Resilience Strategy was released in July 2016. The development of the Joint Strategy was a public-private collaborative effort, designed to establish a common framework with consistent goals and objectives that will guide both government and industry efforts to increase grid resilience to EMP threats. Central to the development of the Joint Strategy was an effort to enhance shared government-industry understanding of the current status of risks from, and preparedness for, HEMP events.

Following development of the Joint Strategy, both DOE and EPRI committed to developing separate, but coordinated, Action Plans that would implement the five strategic goals. EPRI’s plan focused on those actions that industry would undertake to mitigate EMP risks. DOE’s Action Plan delineates the steps that DOE will take to address EMP risks. Although the two Action Plans were developed independently, DOE and EPRI collaborated closely to ensure that the plans complement one another and avoid duplication of effort.

The complete DOE Electromagnetic Pulse Resilience Action Plan is available below for downloading.