Emergency Diesel Generator Reliability and Installation Energy Security

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) fixed installations—or military bases—are a critical element of national security. Military bases support the maintenance and deployment of weapons systems, training and mobilization of combat forces, and provide direct support to combat operations. Fixed installations do not operate without energy and they rely largely on electricity to support critical missions and functions. Installations are dependent on a commercial grid that is vulnerable to disruption due to severe weather, physical attacks, and cyberattacks. This report looks at the impact on the highest priority critical loads.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages47
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5C00-76553


  • backup power
  • Department of Defense
  • diesel generator
  • emergency diesel generators
  • energy resilience
  • microgrids
  • reliability
  • security
  • standby diesel generators


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