NASEO Highlights Energy Efficiency in State Energy Office Disaster Planning
On April 7, NASEO released a new report, "Resiliency through Energy Efficiency: Disaster Mitigation and Residential Rebuilding Strategies for and by State Energy Offices."
NASEO Provides Testimony Before U.S. House and Senate in Support of SEP and Other Federal Programs
NASEO recently provided testimony before the U.S. House and U.S. Senate in support of funding for the U.S. State Energy Program, as well as a suite of other federal programs including ENERGY STAR and the Farm Bill.
NASEO and NASCSP Host Briefing on SEP Activities and WAP
On March 19, NASEO and NASCSP hosted a congressional staff briefing in Washington, DC, in which State Energy Offices (Rhode Island and Tennessee) and a technology provider for WAP discussed the the U.S. State Energy Program and Weatherization Assistance Program.
NASEO and Ceres Host State and Investor Workshop on Clean Energy
During its recent Energy Outlook Conference in Washington DC, NASEO and Ceres offered state energy officials a rare opportunity to connect with consumer brands and investors to discuss renewable energy and energy efficiency and the implications for state energy policies.
NASEO and Florida Energy Office Selected to Lead Projects Accelerating Alternative Fuel Vehicle Market Growth
Both NASEO and the Florida Office of Energy were selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program to lead projects which are accelerating the growth of the alternative fuel vehicles market.

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Senate Passes Water Heaters, Buildings Bill
On March 27, the U.S. Senate passed an energy efficiency bill - essentially a "mini Shaheen-Portman" - aimed at protecting rural energy-savings programs and encouraging tenants and landlords to work together to reduce their energy use.
President Obama Orders Cuts in Federal Greenhouse Gas Emissions
President Obama signed an Executive Order to cut the Federal Government's greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2008 levels, saving taxpayers $18 billion in energy costs. The initiative increases the share of electricity the Federal Government uses from renewable sources to 30 percent by 2025.
House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Whitfield Releases Draft of Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015
Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield recently unveiled a discussion draft of the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015, which would empower states to protect households and businesses from EPA's proposed rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
The U.S. Department of Energy Announces Competition, "SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar"
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, the SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar aims to motivate local governments, communities, solar companies and electric utilities to collaborate towards improving the “going solar” experience from permit to plug-in for all Americans.
U.S. Senators and House Members Sign Letters of Support for SEP and WAP
Thirty-six U.S. Senators and 79 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives the sent letters in support of SEP and WAP to their colleagues on key appropriations committees.

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Utilities Being Affected by Drought, as Governor Brown and California Energy Commission Determine Effects
Governor Jerry Brown made a recent announcement ordering California residents to conserve water, only days after his $1 billion emergency relief package. In addition, the California Energy Commission will carry out part of the plan as will several other state entities.
Governor Cuomo Announces World-class Research and Development Laboratory for Next Generation Electric Grid
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the New York Power Authority and SUNY Polytechnic Institute have signed an agreement to create a world-class facility devoted to energy technology innovation and the rapid deployment of smart-grid technology to modernize New York's electric grid.
California Energy Commission Awards Bosch-led Team $2.8 Million for Commercial-scale Energy Grid
The California Energy Commission recently announced a proposed award to Robert Bosch, LLC, a NASEO affiliate, for $2,817,566 for a renewable-based microgrid, which will demonstrate the effectiveness of its Direct-Current Building-Scale Microgrid Platform (Bosch DC microgrid) in an American Honda Motor Co., Inc., parts distribution center.
Washington, DC Leads Nation with Most ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released its 2015 list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings and the District of Columbia ranked number one, an achievement which confirms its commitment to technical guidance, best practices, and training needed to make buildings more energy efficient and save money.
U.S. Virgin Islands Reduce Fossil Fuel Use 20% in Five Years
Since setting a goal of of reducing fossil fuel use by 60 percent by 2025, the U.S. Virgin Islands are currently on target as its fossil fuel use is down 20 percent.

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Affiliates Corner

NASEO is Pleased to Welcome its Newest Affiliate Member, Gas Technology Institute.

The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is the leading research, development and training organization addressing energy and environmental challenges to enable a secure, abundant, and affordable energy future. For more than 70 years, GTI has been providing economic value to the natural gas industry and energy markets by developing technology-based solutions for industry, government, and consumers. [more]