The Resilient Communities Maryland project will develop a community-based energy resilience framework that goes beyond traditional energy metrics using community-informed resilience metrics at the community level through robust multi-stakeholder participation and collaboration. This framework can be replicated and utilized across the state of Maryland to improve preparedness and recovery in the event of hazardous events and extended grid outages.
This project is possible thanks to support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)’s Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER) funding program and partnerships with DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Ayika Solutions, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability.
As the research organization for this project, Groundswell is convening local officials, community leaders, and decision-makers from utility providers in a series of open tables. These conversations focus on individual community needs and the potential for program replicability to ensure future resilience hubs will serve high-priority community needs sustainably for years to come.