Developing and Prioritizing Resilience Solutions within the Technical Resilience Navigator  

Education Type: 
2.5 Hours
0.3 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

Understanding the resilience solutions that will be most effective at a site can be an overwhelming and challenging endeavor. This course introduces participants to the process of developing and prioritizing resilience solutions using the Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) Technical Resilience Navigator (TRN). Achieving enhanced energy and water resilience at a site requires federal personnel to engage a variety of stakeholders; address risks; and identify, prioritize, fund, and execute energy and water solutions. The TRN guides users through a step-by-step planning process with supporting tools and resources. The TRN uses a risk-informed approach to identifying and prioritizing solutions that address resilience gaps and provides guidance to move towards implementation.

By using the TRN, sites will be able to proactively identify and address vulnerabilities to critical energy and water loads to reduce outage impacts and support continuous mission operations. This training focuses on understanding key concepts of identifying resilience solutions that address resilience gaps at your site. It demonstrates how the TRN models and prioritizes resilience solutions-based on risk reduction and other site-determined criteria. The training includes interactive exercises and a demonstration on the TRN web tool, helping attendees learn how the TRN could be used to enhance the energy and water resilience at their site. It is recommended that attendees have already created a TRN user account prior to this training; the TRN can be accessed at:


Alicen Kandt, Senior Mechanical Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Alicen Kandt is a senior mechanical engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Alicen provides assistance in assessing technical and economic potential of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water efficiency opportunities as well as providing technical support of projects. Alicen's research interests focus on emerging technologies, the Water-Energy Nexus, particularly the quantification of the energy uses of our water infrastructure, and on the glint/glare impacts associated with photovoltaic systems. Alicen holds an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BS in mathematics from the University of Puget Sound.

Eliza Hotchkiss, Senior Analyst and Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Eliza Hotchkiss joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 2009 and is a senior analyst and group manager developing and leading the Resilient Systems Design and Engineering Group within NREL's Energy Security and Resilience Center. Eliza's areas of expertise include disaster recovery leadership, resilience, and sustainable development efforts. She leads and contributes to resilience assessments for communities, tribes, and military installations and tools and research related to resilience. Her focus is on analysis and outreach to increase deployment of resilient technologies and best practices within infrastructure systems. As co-principal investigator on a Laboratory Directed Research and Development project relating to the value of resilience, Eliza has led research on metrics for resilience, valuation, and monetization of resilience solutions. She holds an MSc from the Oxford School of Architecture, Oxford, England, in energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, and a BA in geography-geology from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Julia Rotondo, Energy Project Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laborator  

Julia Rotondo is a program manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with more than eight years of experience working on energy, climate change, and buildings efficiency issues. This experience includes leading research on connected technologies, miscellaneous loads, and operational technologies cybersecurity. At PNNL, Julia works on several cybersecurity issues, including developing resources to enhance the cybersecurity posture of federal facilities.

Doug Elliott, Senior Research Economist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Doug Elliott is a senior research economist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Since joining the lab in 1991, he has participated in a variety of projects focused mainly in the areas of resource efficiency and policy, cost-benefit and regulatory analysis, and software development. Currently, he supports DOE's Federal Energy Management Program through the development of components of its Technical Resilience Navigator. He also supports energy and water security strategy, measurement, and assessment development for the Headquarters, Department of the Army. Doug received a BA in Economics from Whitman College and an MA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Alexandra Young, Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Alexandra Young is an energy analyst with the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Alexandra provides strategic support, analysis, and project management in the areas of energy, resilience, and sustainability. She previously provided direct mission readiness and program support for the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives, enabling more than 30 renewable energy and resilience projects across the United States. Alexandra has directed strategic initiatives in the local, federal, and defense sectors. She has an M.S. in environmental resource management from the University of South Carolina and a B.S. in community, environment, and development, from Pennsylvania State University.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Access and use FEMP's TRN web tool;
  • Understand the process for analyzing resilience gaps captured in the TRN and developing resilience solutions that address them; and
  • Understand how resilience solutions can be prioritized according to risk-reduction potential and other site priorities.
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