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55 Though it may have attracted unwanted attention due to its situation in the middle of a high-profile storm and city, Langone is hardly alone in this hardship. 54 Hospitals and other healthcare campuses serve a vital role in our society, and each must pursue a proactive energy resilience program to ensure that they are able to reliably carry out their missions into the future. This imperative is increasingly well recognized in the industry, and in 2009 the DOE established the Hospital Energy Alliance to guide healthcare facilities through the process of becoming more energy efficient and resilient.

CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change has already produced conditions in the United States that threaten our energy security, and these conditions are likely to worsen in years to come. As we have just discussed, 16 Energy Resilient Buildings & Communities: A Practical Guide our energy infrastructure is not particularly robust, and environmental changes can disrupt the delicate balance on which it relies. ”25 This general threat can be analyzed by looking at four main effects of climate change, and their implications on our energy system: 1.

Fort Bliss has installed hundreds of PV panels, and officials there are hoping to start work soon on additional arrays that would increase output to 20 megawatts. 49 Permanence is another common (though not universal) quality of military bases that makes them well suited for energy resilience projects. The military bases we focus on in this book, including those that are the subject of case studies, are permanent, domestic bases, intended to operate into the foreseeable future. Local Energy Resilience 43 These bases are centrally managed by an organization capable of planning on a long-term time horizon, so investments can be made now toward the pursuit of future goals.

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