The Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinators program is a cooperative effort between the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the National Governors Association (NGA), the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), and the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration (ISER) Division. It provide for points of contact in each states and serves as a means to share, and exchange, information on planning for, and responding to, energy emergencies. It supports a secure cooperative communications environment for state and local government personnel with access to information on energy supply, demand, pricing, and infrastructure. Designated members have expertise in electricity, petroleum, and natural gas. The current membership of nearly 200 professionals is made up of representatives from state energy offices, public utility organizations, state legislators, emergency management agencies, homeland security agencies, local governments, and Governors’ offices.
The EEAC program was first implemented in 1996 by NASEO and DOE. It was informally expanded over the years to include NASEO, NARUC, NGA—Center for Best Practices. In February 2016 the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was updated expanded to include the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) and NARUC and NGA also formally signed the agreement. For the MOU and the “Terms of Reference” which provides further background of the agreement, click here. To read DOE's announcement on the MOU, click here.
Each state has assigned at least one primary and one secondary designee and may designate contacts for each energy source (electricity, natural gas, and petroleum). In the event of an energy supply disruption or emergency, OE relies upon the EEAC contacts to provide an up-to-date assessment of energy markets in the effected states and States rely on OE to share their assessments, situation reports and other relevant information. During these emergency situations, as well as other non-emergency situations in which the list may be used, the EEACs serve as the link between the state, industry, and OE.
For more information on the Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinators Program, please contact Jeffrey Pillon, NASEO Energy Assurance Director, phone: (517) 580-7626, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.