Version 3.1 of the Guidelines is an update to version 3 released in June 2009. It reflects a number of minor clarifications and updates and includes additional discussion on cyber security issue.
The State Energy Assurance Guidelines were developed by the National Association of State Energy Officials with the assistance of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners under the direction of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE). The guidelines have integrated the lessons learned from responding to energy emergencies in recent years and the results of the dialogue that has occurred at conferences, exercises and meetings on energy assurance. They encompass many topics that states may wish to consider incorporating into their plans. Foremost among these is how energy assurance can: improve planning and respond quickly and effectively to energy emergencies, enhance the resiliency of our response capability, reduce risks and vulnerability of critical energy infrastructure, and support investments in the resiliency of the energy infrastructure.
OE is a key player at the federal level in mitigating energy emergencies, defining the components of critical energy infrastructure, and taking a lead in the protection of our nation's energy assets. OE also recognizes the major role states play in protecting energy assets within and beyond their borders, as well as the states' central role in responding to energy shortages, disruptions, and emergencies. As a result OE has facilitated state energy emergency planning by providing guidance on state energy emergency preparedness plans and sponsoring energy emergency training. These guidelines are a component of this ongoing support.