NASEO has committees, task forces, advisory groups, and working 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. Click here to download a PDF version of the information below.

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. Focus areas include building energy codes, building benchmarking, building performance standards, energy efficiency and indoor air quality in K-12 schools, residential energy efficiency, and federal legislation impacting energy use in buildings. Ed Carley (Lead)
Maddie Koewler
Rodney Sobin
Jasmine Xie
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 (Lead)
Catherine Reed
Kelsey Jones
Energy Equity The Equity Committee is 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 (Lead)
Maddie Koewler
Grace Lowe

Energy Security The Energy Security Committee is comprised of State Energy Officials serving in energy emergency response, preparedness, and resilience capacities. At the direction of the Committee, NASEO 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 security 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 (Lead)
Blake Kinney
Sarah Trent
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
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 (Lead)
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 (Lead)
Delaney Dixon

Task Forces, Work Groups, and Advisory Groups

Topic Area Description Staff Contact(s)
Residential Energy Efficiency and Beneficial Electrification Task Force NASEO’s Residential Energy Efficiency and Beneficial Electrification Task Force was formed by State Energy Offices to prepare for two new residential energy efficiency programs – Home Energy Performance-Based Whole-House Rebates Program and High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Program – created by the Inflation Reduction Act. The functions of this Task Force are to develop principles for U.S. Department of Energy requirements that will be associated with these programs, draft program templates for State Energy Offices with deployment options and to serve as the space for State Energy Offices, Federal agencies, and private-market actors to discuss these programs. Maddie Koewler
Rural Energy Working Group The Rural Energy Working Group 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. Kelsey Jones (Lead)
Jasmine Xie (Lead)
Advanced Nuclear State Collaborative (joint with NARUC) The NASEO-NARUC Advanced Nuclear State Collaborative (ANSC) convenes state utility regulators, State Energy Officials, and invited experts to exchange questions, needs, and challenges relating to the planning and deployment of new advanced nuclear generation. ANSC participants share information on the regulatory, policy, and programmatic steps needed to facilitate the deployment of advanced nuclear and work with peers across different states.  Kelsey Jones (Lead)
Kirsten Verclas
Clean Energy-Based Economic Development State Working Group  The Clean Energy-Based Economic Development State Working Group, jointly facilitated by NASEO and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), brings together State Energy Offices and state and regional Economic Development Organizations to strategize on common priorities, learn from experts, and share best practices to promote clean energy-related economic development and maximize the potential of federal clean energy investments. The Working Group convenes for monthly virtual calls to discuss topics, such as: clean energy workforce development, siting and permitting, rural energy and economic development, Inflation Reduction Act tax incentives, and manufacturing and supply chain development.  Sandy Fazeli (Co-Lead), Grace Lowe (Co-Lead) 
Clean Hydrogen State Working Group NASEO's Clean Hydrogen State Working Group is a platform for State Energy Offices to come together to share best practices, discuss topics of interest, and inform the types of resources and support NASEO will provide to states moving forward on clean hydrogen. Kelsey Jones (Co-Lead)
Grace Lowe (Co-Lead)
Kirsten Verclas
Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Working Group (Joint with NARUC) Through the NASEO-NARUC GEB Working Group, State Energy Officials and state utility regulators can explore demand flexibility and 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 electricity sector investments and implications; and advance demand flexibility pilots and deployment options. Rodney Sobin (Lead)
Ed Carley
Jasmine Xie
Home Energy Labeling Working Group 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
NASEO State Industrial Working Group Through the NASEO State Industrial Working Group, State Energy Offices work to identify, develop, and enhance resources and collaborations to help manufacturing industries meet their goals and state objectives for economic development and competitiveness, emissions reduction and environmental protection, and energy reliability, resilience, and security. This work includes both (1) helping existing industrial facilities through technical and business assistance; and (2) accelerating development and deployment of new technologies and industries. The scope includes manufacturing and related industrial activities broadly as well as manufacture of clean energy products. Rodney Sobin (Co-Lead)
Sam Cramer (Co-Lead)
Microgrid State Working Group (Joint with 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. Kelsey Jones (Lead)
Kirsten Verclas
Regional Electric Vehicle West (REV West) Working Group The Regional Electric Vehicle West (REV West) group convenes leadership and staff from eight states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming; and is made up of State Energy Offices, State Departments of Transportation, and State Environmental agencies. The group meets monthly to facilitate communication and coordinate investment in EV infrastructure across the western states. Cassie Powers (Lead)
Delaney Dixon
On-Road Freight Electrification Advisory Group The NASEO On-Road Freight Electrification Advisory Group is comprised of representatives from State Energy Offices and other state agencies, and select light-, medium-, and heavy-duty OEMs, charging station providers, utilities, leading researchers, and others, that inform NASEO on the barriers, policy, and programmatic tools to enable nationwide freight electrification investments. The Advisory Group meets on a quarterly basis to identify the latest market developments, policy and regulatory frameworks, and challenges to freight electrification adoption.   Cassie Powers (Co-Lead)
Delaney Dixon (Co-Lead)

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.