Project 3.4

Electricity sector and interdependencies

Project 3.4, ‘Electricity sector and interdependencies’, sees us collaborate on the use of ‘black sky’ simulation and exercises to learn how better to build multi-sector resilience to such events.


In this project we will be working with the Electric Infrastructure Security Council to expand their ‘Earth Ex’ simulation exercises globally – a proven approach to understanding interdependencies in practice through a ‘black sky hazard’ scenario.

Project leaders

Xavier Aldea Borruel
Project Leader

Xavier is a chartered mechanical engineer and is Programme Manager for the Resilience Shift. Xavier has 10 years experience as an engineer, researcher and project manager, and has expertise in resilience of critical infrastructure, flood risk management, climate change and sustainability, with a strong professional background in the water sector.

How are we doing this?

Early 2019:

  • We propose to implement EARTH EX sector exercises in the United Kingdom, allowing critical infrastructure players to improve their planning to black sky events by adopting systems thinking, cross-sectorial approaches.
  • We will host two EARTH EX resilience exercises in the UK (London, 28th February and Glasgow, 4th March), a locally facilitated, “come as you are” exercise, helping corporate and government teams, and community leaders anywhere in the world build interconnected resilience planning to sustain our future.

The results of these exercises will be used to iteratively formulate materials for a coordinated, multi-sector resilience planning series for different countries (UK initially) in future phases.

By the end of 2019:

  • With EIS, development of EARTH EX Global to become a truly international exercise.

We expect to achieve a good understanding on how to adapt the exercise to other geographies and countries, including the developing world.

What are the outputs?

We will publish reports containing a summary of findings from our workshops.

For the development of EARTH EX global we will:

  • Design and develop an all-sector exercise focused on a complex, large scale catastrophe.
  • Deliver a report that reviews results from EARTH EX 2019 to assess lessons learned, as a guide to the current status of resilience for critical sectors, and to assist in understanding gaps needed to help plan future exercises.

We expect that direct beneficiaries from our work will be, on one hand, government agencies that have a key role in both UK and multinational advance planning and real time coordination, as well as a role in development of critical all-hazard tools. On the other hand, we are also aiming to get corporations on board, including those directly providing critical infrastructure services, and those whose supplies and services are essential to the functionality of infrastructure providers.

We look forward to involving them by participating in the all-sector exercises planned in this project. This will provide an opportunity for all corporate sectors to begin working together to develop unique, all-sector protocols or, in some cases, critical tools that will be essential to deal with such crises.

Project Resources

Earth Ex

Register for EARTH EX//19, the third annual Emergency All-sector Response Transnational Hazard Exercise®

Black Sky blog post




Electric Infrastructure Security Council

EIS Council facilitates national and international collaboration and planning to protect our societies’ critical utilities against uniquely severe black sky hazards. Our programming and special projects help utilities and their partners develop and implement cost effective, consensus-based protection measures by hosting frameworks for sustained coordination, planning and best practice development.

Over the last 10 years EIS Council hosted and continually refined the ELECTRIC INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION (EPRO®) SECTOR process, an expanding multi-sector, systems engineering-framed resilience planning development effort specifically developed to discover and help resolve complex, interdependent disaster scenarios. This planning effort grew rapidly in recent years through development and synergistic use of EARTH EX, a family of compelling, media-enhanced exercises.

EPRO SECTOR and EARTH EX together have now become a mature, integrated planning engine that could be upgraded to support focused resilience planning for a wider set of countries.

Key Personnel

Avi Schnurr, CEO and President
John W. Heltzel, Director of Resilience Planning
Lord Toby Harris, UK coordinator, The Electric Infrastructure Security Council


Read about events related to this project:

London, 28th February 2019

Glasgow, 4th March 2019