ISER, as the lead for DOE’s efforts as the Sector Specific Agency (SSA) for the energy sector, serves as the day-to-day interface between the Federal Government and the private sector entities that own 87% of U.S. energy infrastructure. ISER co-chairs the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), Oil and Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council (ONG SCC), and Energy Government Coordinating Council (Energy GCC) to represent the needs and interests of the sector across the government.

The Clear Path Exercise Series is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) flagship energy sector emergency response exercise. Clear Path VI will continue the Department’s objective of bringing industry and government response partners together on an annual basis to advance lessons learned from real-world energy sector responses, energy focused exercises, industry recommendations, and the Department’s desire to focus on cross-sector industry and government coordination. Clear Path VI will build on the successful implementation of the third regionally-focused Clear Path exercise, which occurred during May of 2017, and was cited by multiple sector participants as crucial to preparing for a similar real-world event only a few months later with Hurricane Harvey. Clear Path VI will also address the desire to conduct more issue-focused exercises that explore coordination between industry, state, and federal partners in managing interdependencies within and between infrastructure sectors.

This year’s iteration of Clear Path is tied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Level Exercise 2018 (NLE 2018). Clear Path VI and the NLE share a common scenario environment and ground truth for exercise conduct.

Clear Path VI Objectives

  • Examine the energy sector’s response processes, challenges, and related consequences, resulting from the landfall of a major hurricane in the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Identify interdependencies and align priorities across critical partner sectors (energy, communications, transportation) in the preparation for and response to the impact of a major hurricane in the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Establish and reinforce relationships across the energy sector and its partners, to facilitate future preparedness and emergency response operations