Resilience and recovery are the two important terms that can minimize the impact of disasters on the services provided by the energy sector.

FREMONT, CA: No matter what the cause of disruptions, it is important for energy companies to restore operations at the earliest. Public facilities, including transport and communication, depend on energy supply, and so do other industries. Reliable energy supply is, therefore, a must. Previously, whenever energy companies suffered damages from calamities, end-users managed with diesel-powered generators. Even generators are not an acceptable alternative anymore. In such a scenario, it has become imperative for energy companies to enhance capabilities of resilience, as well as recovery. Prioritizing only one among the two will never be enough. Instead, a balanced approach with equal measures of resilience and recovery inputs can work wonders.

The repeated occurrence of natural calamities has put energy companies and their energy generation and transmission infrastructure at risk. Damage and disruptions have halted cities and economies after disasters have subsided. To overcome these challenges, resilient technologies should become the norm in the energy sector. Through concerted efforts, energy companies and governments need to drive up innovations that prevent storms, climate change, or even cyber attacks from resulting in disruptions in energy supply. One major contributor to improved resilience is battery technology. Advancing energy storage systems with optimized batteries can supply electricity even in the aftermath of major disasters. Resilience against cyber attacks requires comprehensive cybersecurity strategies and tools.

Distributed energy resources are also key to resilience. With integrated energy generation and storage facilities at the grid edge, energy companies can make services more reliable. However, recovery is equally important because resilience can only minimize the damage. Energy facilities have to be up and running at the earliest. Digitalized cores with intelligent systems that can detect breakdowns at the earliest are crucial. Data analytics can also contribute to getting sophisticated facilities back on track quickly after a disruption occurs.

Investments that go into these two areas are easily recovered because the impact of disasters on operations shrinks dramatically, curtailing repair-related expenses. 

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