The Importance of State Support for Defense Critical Electric Infrastructure (DCEI) (States only)

September 24, 2021, 2:30 - 3:30 PM ET

Defense Critical Electric Infrastructure (DCEI) plays a key role in maintaining our national security, serving critical defense facilities. The electric infrastructure is usually not owned by the Department of Defense, but often by private entities. As such, state support and coordination are important in maintaining the electricity systems serving critical defense facilities. Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which outlined the enhanced coordination between the federal agencies on DCEI and also emphasized the importance of coordination with states and local authorities around DCEI. Many states already coordinate with their military communities to ensure that energy needs of critical facilities are being met, but there are additional ways to provide support. NASEO invites State Energy Offices and other state agencies to join a briefing from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) on DCEI and the Department’s programs to support DCEI. The briefing will also include an opportunity for a dialogue between states and the U.S. Department of Energy on how State Energy Offices and other state agencies can enhance their coordination and cooperation with the military communities on DCEI in their states. Please contact Kirsten Verclas ( with any questions.