NASEO has committees, task forces, and advisory groups that inform our issue areas and policy actions on behalf of State Energy Offices.

NASEO elevates state priorities and perspectives as a part of the federal energy policy and program development process. NASEO's Board of Directors and Committees establish policy positions and direct the organization's initiatives. One of NASEO's main priorities is encouraging Congressional and Administration support for the U.S. State Energy Program.

Committees

Topic Area Description Staff Contact(s)
Buildings The NASEO Buildings Committee hosts discussions and best practice exchange on energy use in the built environment. Ed Carley
Maddie Koewler
Rodney Sobin
Energy Security The Energy Security Committee collaborates with federal partners and industry stakeholders to assist states in carrying out their responsibilities as state energy data repositories, sources of technical assistance to other state government agencies, and leads in energy assurance planning and preparedness.  Enhanced intra-state and inter-state coordination as well as greater communication between the public and private sectors are pervasive themes throughout the committee's work. Kirsten Verclas
Campbell Delahoyde
Shemika Spencer
Financing The Energy Financing Committee facilitates state collaboration and peer learning on key energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy infrastructure financing mechanisms and tools at the state and local levels, such as Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC), Revolving Loan Funds, credit enhancement mechanisms, and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). The committee identifies market barriers, engages private sector and program partners, and shares solutions toward effective financing programs operated or managed by the State Energy Offices and their public and private partners. Sam Cramer
Electricity The Electricity Committee convenes the State and Territory Energy Offices and NASEO Affiliate members for discussions and best practice exchange on electricity issues. Key committee priorities include Distribution System Planning, Microgrids, and Resilience. Kirsten Verclas
Government Affairs NASEO tracks and engages in Congressional and Executive Branch energy policy development and actions on behalf of the State and Territory Energy Offices. This work is conducted through NASEO's Government Affairs Committee and Board of Directors. David Terry
Jeff Genzer
Transportation The Transportation Committee addresses key policies, programs, and technologies impacting energy use in the U.S. transportation sector, providing states information and best practices to reduce energy use and air pollution produced through the sector. The Committee covers a broad range of issues from electric vehicle infrastructure and renewable fuel production, to autonomous vehicles and leveraging fleet data to enhance fleet operations. Cassie Powers
Dylan Tucker
Energy Equity  A core focus of the Equity Committee is on exploring strategies to integrate and incorporate equity, diversity, and inclusion  into existing and emerging state energy policies and programs. Formerly a Task Force, the Equity Committee was established following the passage of NASEO’s Board Resolution: Commitment to Equity, Access, and Inclusion, which recognizes the importance of equitable and inclusive energy policy and program design. Sandy Fazeli
Cassie Powers
Maddie Koewler

Other Groups

  Topic Area Description Staff Contact(s)
Advisory Group Energy Technology Innovation NASEO's Energy Technology Innovation Project is an initiative to identify, elevate, and hone State Energy Office involvement and investment in emerging energy technologies. The project Advisory Group informs NASEO staff in the development of resources, events, and positions. Sandy Fazeli
Task Force Building Energy Codes The NASEO Energy Code Development Task Force will meet approximately monthly during the remainder of the code development cycle for the 2021 IECC and serves as an opportunity for participating states to engage in conversations about changes to the code, the code change process, and voting guides developed or used by the States. The Energy Code Development Task Force helped inform the development of a NASEO Board of Directors Resolution in favor of energy efficient codes. Ed Carley
Task Force Comprehensive Electricity Planning (NASEO-NARUC) The Comprehensive Electricity Planning Task Force is a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and NASEO, providing a forum for participating states to develop new approaches to better align distribution system and resource planning processes.  Kirsten Verclas
Rodney Sobin
Sam Cramer
Task Force Microgrid (NASEO-NARUC) The NARUC-NASEO Microgrids State Working Group shares public- and private-sector best practices and expertise, to explore microgrid technologies and applications, policy and regulatory frameworks, financing models, and potential benefits to microgrid operators, ratepayers, and other stakeholders. Kirsten Verclas
Sam Cramer
Task Force Rural The Rural Energy Task Force addresses key issues impacting energy use on rural lands and agricultural operations. Key focus areas include options for renewable energy development on rural lands, efficient energy and water use in agricultural operations, and geographic equity in developing energy efficiency programming. Dylan Tucker
Task Force Bipartisan Transition Recommendations In advance of every presidential election, NASEO’s Bipartisan Transition Recommendations Task Force prepares recommendations for the incoming or incumbent Administration. These recommendations focus on strategies to strengthen the state-federal relationship on energy and infrastructure and proposes joint activities to advance shared priorities and tackle challenges. The Task Force works under the guidance of NASEO’s Board of Directors and communicates key findings and developments to NASEO members through NASEO-facilitated meetings and discussions, and delivers those recommendations in advance of the election. David Terry
Work Group Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) (NASEO-NARUC) Through the NASEO-NARUC GEB Working Group, State Energy Officials and state utility regulators can explore GEB technologies and applications; identify opportunities and impediments (technical and non-technical); identify and express state priorities and interests; inform policy, planning, programs and regulation; consider unregulated electric sector investments and implications; and advance GEB road map and pilot options. Rodney Sobin
Ed Carley
 
Work Group Energy Sector Resilience State Working Group The purpose of the Energy Sector Resilience State Working Group is to support State Energy Offices engaged in energy resilience activities, risk assessments, and hazard mitigation by providing technical assistance and by providing a peer-to-peer platform to identify funding opportunities and successful resilience projects. The working group elevates the importance and feasibility of innovative and practical resilient energy projects into broader state energy, resilience, hazard mitigation, and emergency management plans. Campbell Delahoyde
Kirsten Verclas
Work Group Home Energy Labeling The NASEO Home Energy Labeling Working Group meets on a bimonthly basis to discuss the latest research on home energy labeling and to share programmatic updates among stakeholders. State Energy Offices and other stakeholders can explore best practices and new models to implementing residential energy efficiency disclosure. Maddie Koewler

Definitions

Committees:
Standing NASEO Committees meet regularly (both in-person and via conference call and webinar. Generally these committees are focused on increasing State Energy Office awareness and education on specific topics. Most NASEO Committees are guided by a core "Leadership Team"" of State and Affiliate members.

Task Forces, Work Groups, and Advisory Groups:
Task Forces and Advisory Groups are project-specific and time-bound (usually lasting 1-2 years). Members of these groups volunteer to provide strategic guidance and direction to NASEO staff as they develop publications, events, and other resources on a given topic, and may be invited to participate in conference calls, webinars, and meetings. Sometimes, NASEO Task Forces/Advisory Groups may be converted to full standing committees, based on member feedback and NASEO Board direction.