Grant funds to update Arizona's energy emergency plan

November 8, 2010

Arizona’s major energy disaster plan is being updated through a $250,000 grant with the goal of assuring energy sources continue to operate in the state during a natural or manmade disaster.  The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), Arizona State University (ASU) and numerous other stakeholders will develop workshops and drills, as well as review and update the existing Arizona Energy Assurance Plan to ensure Arizona’s energy resources are kept secure and running in the event of an emergency.

The funding provides for the development of additional workforce training in the energy sector, revisions to the current plan and the ability to include the energy sector in a large regional emergency management exercise, which will be led by the Arizona Division of Emergency Management.  Download Full Image

“This is a serious and concentrated effort to prepare for if and when an energy disruption threatens the public health safety or welfare, or when the energy industry determines it needs to turn to state government for assistance,” said Janice See, energy assurance manager with the Arizona Commerce Authority.  “Arizona’s energy industry is a first responder to disruption of the power supply and has adequately managed outages.  We hope we never need to use Arizona’s Energy Assurance Plan, but we must be prepared.”

Danny Peterson, professor of practice in ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation, is leading a team of faculty in the revision of the existing energy plan, which will include renewable energy sources, and the development of an energy workforce training plan. ASU also will develop and conduct an energy emergency tabletop exercise to evaluate Arizona’s capability to coordinate and communicate state-wide on energy security, reliability and emergency response issues.

“This project will be achieved by multiple public and private sector partners working together,” said Peterson.  “In the end, the plan is to strengthen and expand public and private energy assurance planning and resiliency efforts to prepare for events that may adversely affect the public’s welfare and safety.”

Arizona’s efforts to protect critical energy infrastructure and build its resilience are consistent with the State Homeland Security Strategy and the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. 

Funding for this project comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.  Governor Jan Brewer’s Office provides updates on Arizona’s ARRA applications and programs at


About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority, formerly the Arizona Department of Commerce, is dedicated to welcoming businesses to Arizona and encouraging the expansion of existing businesses in the state. The agency maintains foreign trade offices in Asia, Europe and Mexico.

About the College of Technology and Innovation at ASU Polytechnic
The College of Technology and Innovation is the core college on ASU's Polytechnic campus, and fully embodies the polytechnic values of engaged learning, use-inspired translational research, deep engagement with industry, and entrepreneurship.


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Karin article posted on Huffington Post

November 8, 2010

An article by Associate Clinical Professor Marcy Karin, Director of the College of Law’s Work-Life Policy Unit, in which she calls for workplace flexibility to be incorporated into law school curricula, was posted at">"> on Nov. 4.

“Lawyers are often involved in every stage of ensuring that work-life issues are addressed for all involved parties,” Karin writes, citing several examples. “If a working dad wants to know if he can swap a shift with another employee to attend a conference with his daughter’s teacher without getting fired, who can explain his rights and the potential consequences of his decisions? A lawyer. If an employee wants to know whether to challenge a disciplinary action that was taken after she was late to work after dropping off her father at his elder care facility when he had an episode of dementia that caused her to miss her regular bus, who should she consult? A lawyer.” Download Full Image

Karin insists law schools need to be a key partner in helping the United States realize the opportunities and challenges workplace flexibility poses for its workforce.

“We need to train law students to identify, understand and analyze the reality of today’s workplaces and the myriad of local, state, national, and international laws that govern employment, benefits, labor, and tax issues,” she writes, urging law faculty to integrate workplace flexibility into their courses.

Karin supervises and instructs student attorneys working on behalf of clients in the Civil Justice Clinic. Her research interests include workplace law, policy, and practice, civil justice and litigation, and women’s legal history. Karin is an active member of the national work-life law and policy community. She is regularly invited to speak about the role of thoughtful public policy in this area, and is listed in the Sloan Network’s Who’s Who in Work and Family.

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Office of Communications, College of Law