Energy assurance guarantees a robust, secure, and reliable energy infrastructure that is also resilient — able to restore services rapidly in the event of any disaster. Our nation's energy infrastructure is potentially vulnerable to a variety of hazards. Stretching across jurisdictions and states to national borders, this "system of systems" can be disrupted by severe weather events and other natural disasters, systems failures, and deliberate physical, cyber, or unconventional attacks. While the owners and operators are responsible for their energy systems in providing energy supplies, it is the responsibility of state and local officials to work with energy providers and stakeholders from other jurisdictions, government agencies, businesses, and related organizations to ensure the wellbeing and progress of our communities.
NASEO provides direct technical assistance, education, and outreach to support states' energy assurance planning, response, and smart grid resiliency efforts. This effort is sponsored and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE). Assistance includes: briefing papers, research and analysis on state policies, regional conference calls, webcasts, one-on-one consultations, training opportunities, and energy assurance conferences on a regional and national level. NASEO's Energy Security Committee serves as the focal point of the program and committee members participate in planning and implementation activities aimed at facilitating peer exchange, offering expert input into state activities, and facilitating regional coordination.
In addition, the importance of energy assurance planning is essential to achieving a robust, secure and reliable energy infrastructure that is also resilient.
NASEO Program Contacts: Jeff Pillon, Shemika Spencer