Office of Energy Policy
Office of Energy Policy Participates in the Midwest Regional Energy Assurance Exercise

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 27, 2005  
Contact Information:  John Davies
(800) 282-0868

Frankfort, KY, (June 27, 2005) – The Midwest Regional Energy Assurance Exercise, titled Blue Sand, took place on June 6-7 in Indianapolis Indiana. The exercise co-sponsors included the U.S.  Department of Energy, Office of Electricity and Energy Assurance, the National Association of State Energy Officials, National Conference of State Legislatures and others.  Participants included state agencies, governors’ representatives, legislators, as well as the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy and the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

The Blue Sand Exercise simulated a region-wide energy emergency event that tested state energy assurance plans and was designed to improve coordination among federal, state, local and private sectors.  Exercises like this one are an important way to improve the reliability of the nation’s energy infrastructure.  This exercise was performed to better prepare Kentucky and the nation for energy emergencies, whether caused by natural disasters or terrorist actions.

Participation by the Office of Energy Policy in the Blue Sand Exercise was in support of Governor Fletcher’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy.  The Governor’s plan urges the state to partner with government organizations and private industry to promote and enhance the security of Kentucky’s critical energy infrastructure.  The Blue Sand Exercise allowed Kentucky energy officials to identify strengths and weaknesses in our infrastructure and helped to better prepare the state to respond and mitigate energy disruptions during a crisis.