Community Resilience Options: A Menu for Enhancing Local Energy Resilience

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This document highlights areas of potential community resilience improvements, especially those that relate to clean energy deployment for communities and municipalities. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) defines resilience as "a system's ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions through sustainable, adaptable, and holistic planning and technical solutions." This document introduces 10 categories of resilience-enhancing projects at a high level, intended for community members and decision-makers new to the topic to build their understanding of which solutions fit their community best. These categories focus primarily on community-scale measures and different options may be available at larger scales. Full implementation of the measures described here requires in-depth, site-specific considerations that go beyond the scope of this document.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages34
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-84493


  • breaking barriers
  • community resilience
  • community resources
  • early adopters
  • education
  • electric transportation
  • emergency services support
  • energy efficiency
  • energy storage
  • financing
  • green infrastructure
  • local resilience
  • network infrastructure and security
  • power generation
  • reliance
  • resilience hub
  • resilience planning
  • resiliency
  • resiliency menu
  • SEIN
  • Solar Energy Innovation Network
  • valuing resilience
  • workforce training


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