In some cases, community leaders recognize those assets (often privately owned and operated) as necessary to the security and protection of a community. In these cases, leaders will often approach private sector representatives and establish formal or informal agreements with them. One example is when a city or state works with an electric utility company to develop a closely-guarded list of priorities for who will receive electricity in the event of power failures, outages, or degradation. These lists may include governmental offices, hospitals, grocery stores, or individuals relying on oxygen. Meanwhile, a military installation within a community may have coordinated priorities of its own with the utility.
Surplus power generated from this installation may be sent out for distribution by the power company to support critical needs in the community or in a neighboring community. In this example, the partnership is multiway: The utility prioritizes power to both the city and the military base, and they potentially send surplus or their own power back to the utility for distribution to either or both of them. Remember that power can be generated by many means, including coal-burning, hydroelectric, induction, nuclear, solar, and wind. These forms may be harnessed at even the individual level with surplus energy sold “back.”
You are a staff officer who works in the city of Solace, Wyoming’s emergency management planning division. You have been assigned to draft a memorandum that both informs and advises the city’s emergency manager, city council members, and mayor about prioritizing recipients for electric power provision and restoration. To effectively do this, you need to understand and simplify for the city’s leaders the factors that the local electric company, Elco Power, takes into account in prioritizing these two separate functions—provision and restoration of power.
Complete the following:
Although this scenario uses a notional power company, you should research the parameters that are used by an actual company to make decisions regarding these activities. The library, Internet, and actual power company personnel are just a few of the sources that you might consider.
Although an administrative memorandum would not normally include citations, it may well list references. For your assignment, inject this academic element into your product; any resources that are used must be properly cited using APA style. Any special or technical information that is provided that is not referenced will be questioned. The recommendations should be your own, but may be based on industry or specific resources that you consult that, again, should be appropriately cited. The memorandum should be well organized and flawlessly executed.