The goal of energy assurance planning is to achieve 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 and delivery system are vulnerable to a variety of hazards, including severe weather (hurricanes, flooding, tornados, earthquakes, wildfires, etc.), systems and infrastructures failures, pandemics, deliberate physical, cyber, attacks and other events. While the owners and operators are responsible for their energy infrastructures and delivery systems, 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 reduce consequences and assure public safety, and provide for rapid recovery.  In the longer term States and local governments should work toward reducing risk and vulnerabilities to critical energy infrastructure.

NASEO provides 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).  The 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.

Energy Assurance Planning Resources