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In February 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded $8 million to 43 cities in 25 states to develop new or improve upon existing energy assurance plans.
These grants are making it possible for local officials to enhance their ability to deal with accidental or intentional disruptions to regional energy systems, including the electricity grid, petroleum refining, storage, and distribution infrastructure and natural gas distribution systems. The City of Chula Vista received one of only three grants awarded to communities in California and has launched an extensive planning initiative to produce its energy assurance plan. This presentation will highlight the plan's components and will describe a replicable process other communities can pursue to develop their own energy assurance plans.