Airport Energy Resiliency Primer and Roadmap

Airports are challenged as they strive to achieve evolving energy and operational needs of their customers and increase energy resiliency while meeting sustainability goals. Being able to respond to acute incidents that may cause power disruptions (e.g., natural disasters) and being able to address power needs for today and in the future are the objectives of an energy resiliency plan. An energy resiliency plan must also consider the capacity and reliability of the local power grid and the type of regional or geographic stressors (e.g., frequent power outages, natural disasters) in the area where the airport is located. The infrastructure and operational needs will vary by airport depending on energy goals and objectives. Having an energy resiliency plan as part of a broader sustainability program is much different from a plan designed solely for redundancy. A plan that focuses on the airport’s own operations, or only its essential operations, is different from one that includes its tenant’s energy requirements. When developing a comprehensive plan of this nature, it’s important that stakeholders are included in the process. Understanding what the co-benefits are to the community and other stakeholders will encourage their participation. There has been some research in the area of resiliency, but due to the long lead time in implementing all the components in an energy resiliency plan, there is currently no guidance for airports to develop a customized energy resiliency roadmap for achieving their resiliency plan. The objectives of the research are to develop (1) a primer on energy resilience for airport executives; and (2) a guidebook on how to develop an energy resiliency roadmap.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-98

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Greenberger, Marci

  • Performing Organizations:

    Hanson Professional Services, Incorporated

    1525 S. Sixth Street
    Springfield, IL  United States  62703
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zellers, Susan

  • Start Date: 20220404
  • Expected Completion Date: 20231004
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01779212
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-98
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 18 2021 9:40AM