Local Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

General Information
Program/Project Name: Local Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

Funding Category: Improving Public Safety

Program Description
Federal Grant Name: Local Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

Programs Supported Through Funding: To assess resilience and responsiveness to an emergency due to a loss of energy.

Why Apply for this Grant?
Program Objectives: The initiative will focus on building regional energy assurance capability to allow Cities to better coordinate and communicate state-wide and with one another, on energy security, reliability, and emergency response issues.  The objectives of this initiative are to: 1) strengthen and expand local government energy assurance planning and resiliency, (2) reduce the impacts from energy supply disruptions, and (3) create jobs and save jobs in energy assurance planning at the city level.

Use of Funds:
Tasks:

1. Conduct an assessment of the overall readiness to an emergency involving energy loss that identifies gaps the Citywide Energy Assurance Plan will address.

2. Convene a multi-disciplinary task force of stake holders to build organizational relationships and identify responsibilities within local and state government, the private sector and the region that will develop the 3.

3. Citywide Energy Assurance Plan

4. Create an overarching citywide approach to emergencies involving a loss of energy

5. Develop and deliver a variety of training programs for stakeholders, such as senior level officials and first responders.

6. Develop an implementation schedule to ensure the strategies outlined in the Citywide Energy Assurance Plan are executable.

7. Develop and conduct energy assurance tabletop exercise(s) to validate the strategies articulated in the Citywide Energy Assurance Plan.

Grant Achievements for the Quarter: This quarter, the newly hired Energy Assurance Planning Coordinator (EAPC) resumed work on the Local Energy Assurance Plan (LEAP), building on work performed and relationships cultivated by the previous planner.  The EAPC worked to familiarize himself with energy sector issues, which was accomplished by meeting with stakeholders, reading energy-related documentation, and analyzing data on energy usage.

Stakeholder meetings were held with a variety of local and regional stakeholders.  Meetings with local distribution utilities focused on learning about services provided.  Meetings were also held with end user groups to learn about the effects of an energy outage on the provision of services.  Finally, the EAPC met with stakeholders involved in coordinating energy issues, including the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PJM Interconnection, and the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities.

Data on energy consumption in the United States, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia was gathered primarily from the EIA website and a database maintained by Philadelphia that tracks energy expenditures throughout the year.  This data is currently being analyzed to determine usage patterns.

Research focused on learning about the various forms of energy.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) website has proven to be a particularly valuable tool for this purpose.  Additionally, the EAPC read a variety of PTI documents, reports on energy emergencies, and plans developed by other cities.

As a result of the meetings, research, and data collection, various components of the EAP are currently in development, including an energy profile, a vulnerability assessment, and strategies for responding to an energy emergency.  The next quarter will see the completion of these items as well as the development of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to hire a consultant to develop and deliver a training and exercise program as described in the grant deliverables.

Actual # of FTE jobs created for the quarter*:

Q8: 1.00

Q9: 0.78

Q10: 1.00

*In the City of Philadelphia’s quarterly federal report, also know as Section 1512 reports, jobs are calculated based on hours worked, instead of the number of people at work. It also looks only at jobs funded directly by the Recovery Act, and does not include jobs created indirectly. Direct jobs are counted quarterly and are not cumulative.

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