Module: Baseline Development

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Leveraging Data Collection Efforts
Data collection for the TRN is designed to inform risk assessment and enhance resilience through stakeholder interviews, audits, and documentation review. These data collection efforts could also serve other related site priorities, beyond risk and resilience. For example, a single facility audit could not only be used to identify energy and water efficiency opportunities but also the status of redundant energy and water systems. This would meet both federal facility audit requirements and establish whether the redundant systems in place represent risk to the site. Be sure to coordinate with other site planning teams during data collection to achieve related site goals when possible. Other FEMP resources on facility auditing, cybersecurity assessment, and laboratory benchmarking may be used to guide these related data collection efforts.

The Baseline Development module guides the collection and review of data required to establish risk to critical missions from disruptions and resilience gaps in energy and water supplies. The resilience planning team focuses on the specific critical loads that require energy or water to perform critical functions. A critical load may be housed in a building where critical functions are carried out, or associated with a piece of infrastructure, such as an onsite well pump, that supplies water to a critical function.

Once critical loads are identified, the resilience planning team quantifies the energy and water requirements of each of those loads. Then the team characterizes the baseline condition of any redundant energy or water systems in place and the site’s ability to meet those critical energy and water requirements in the event of a utility-level disruption. It is important to note that redundant systems include:

  • Onsite energy and water systems (such as a PV array, CHP system, or water well) that operate daily and can be redirected to provide backup power or water to critical loads in the event of disruption of primary energy or water supply systems
  • Redundant systems (e.g., diesel generators, water storage tanks) that provide energy or water only during a disruption of primary energy or water supply systems.

The condition of onsite generation equipment and backup systems is important, as sites typically have greater influence over these systems than they do over primary energy and water supply systems, which are often provided by a third-party utility. This characterization of baseline equipment and systems conditions becomes a key input to risk quantification in the next module.

The resilience planning team also gathers data on the condition of primary energy and water systems (e.g., distribution lines, water treatment facilities, electrical substations) to the site, focusing on those that supply critical loads. Throughout Baseline Development, the Recognize Resilience Gaps worksheet is used to document additional data needs and resilience gaps.

Figure 2. Overview of the modules
Module Actions Assigned Status
1: Collect & Review Baseline Documentation not assigned
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2: Establish Energy & Water Requirements not assigned
Not Started
3: Establish Baseline Conditions of Energy and Water Systems not assigned
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Outcomes of this Module:

  • Documented baseline condition of onsite redundant energy and water systems and offsite supply systems for the risk assessment
  • Documented gaps in data availability