About RISE

The United States and the world face a profound energy security and climate crises.

The federal government is the world’s largest user of energy and the nation’s largest landlord, overseeing tens of thousands of buildings, making its critical mission uniquely vulnerable to extreme weather, cybersecurity attacks, and energy supply chain disruptions. The federal government is also uniquely positioned – through its world-class research and development portfolio and its procurement strategies – to spur innovation, commercialization, and deployment of clean energy and infrastructure technologies to build a stronger, more resilient nation.

The mission of the Resilient Infrastructure + Secure Energy (RISE) Consortium™ is to address the energy security and climate crises by reimagining how we use, generate, transport, and store energy and how we build efficient, modern, resilient infrastructure. The RISE Consortium™ will work with innovators and experts to rapidly deploy technologies for installation and operational energy, integrate energy and climate resilience into performance contracting, and develop new business models to ensure those solutions are scalable. The RISE Consortium™ will also serve as an industry forum to engage with new federal energy and resilience policies, standards, and programs.

The RISE Consortium™ is a national consortium whose members include manufacturers, technology startups, energy services companies, utilities, academic institutions, financiers, and legal, consulting, and engineering firms who wish to work with the federal government to accelerate energy and infrastructure modernization.

Technology Areas

Installation Energy Resilience

  • Microgrids
  • Energy Storage
  • Resilient clean energy
  • Next-generation backup generation
  • Hardware-in-the-loop Testing
  • Cyber-Physical Systems Security
  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Climate Resilience

  • Advanced climate modeling and downscaling
  • Efficient HVAC and climate control
  • Flood protection
  • Stormwater management
  • Climate-resilient infrastructure
  • Natural infrastructure assets

Operational Energy Resilience

  • Autonomous Systems Power
  • Advanced Tactical Mobility
  • Electrification of the tactical edge
  • Noise and heat signature reduction
  • Expeditionary energy
  • Forward power
  • Modular Nuclear Reactors

Michael Wu

RISE Executive Director

Michael Wu will serve as the first Executive Director of the RISE Consortium™. Michael has strong working relationships within the U.S. military, and a deep expertise related to how defense energy business is transacted. His expertise in resilient energy has been built by a diverse career across government and industry. He has held leadership positions with New America, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, and the Truman National Security Project.

About RISE