NASEO Issues are the formal mechanism for members to work on key priorities and ongoing issues. The primary role of the committees is to identify emerging issues relevant to the state and territory energy offices, and to collect, analyze, and disseminate this information to educate members and others. The committees' work helps to guide the association's strategic direction and, where appropriate, build consensus on pertinent issues.
The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are widespread, and reinvigorating the U.S. economy will require a multi-sector response. NASEO is compiling resources – categorized by topic area below - that may be of assistance to State Energy Offices as they address the short-, medium-, and long-term implications and opportunities of the crisis.
Provides strategic direction for activities in the residential, commercial, and public buildings sectors and guides efforts to support building energy codes.
Directs activities related to the production, distribution, and consumption of electricity and liquid and gas fuels. Examines state, regional, and federal initiatives that affect energy sector resiliency and facilitates the efficient use of domestic resources.
Addresses energy efficiency and renewable energy financing mechanisms and tools, such as qualified energy conservation bonds, revolving loan funds, loan loss reserves, and property assessed clean energy programs.
The U.S. energy economy accounts for millions of jobs – and they’re expected to keep growing. Technology and policy innovation in the energy sector has created vast economic development opportunities for state and local governments and private sector job creation across the country.
Covers energy data collection and analysis issues and energy assurance, which includes responding to energy supply disruptions and enhancing energy infrastructure resiliency. Responsible for cyber security.
Highlights Congressional and Administration energy policy and legislation and related budget and appropriations actions.
Solar “soft costs” are the non-hardware costs associated with deploying new solar energy projects: permitting, zoning compliance, grid interconnections, financing and taxes, labor and installation costs, and new project identification.
The United States and individual states have many reasons to encourage a strong innovation and commercialization system for emerging technologies, including for energy technologies. New technologies can create new industries and improve the productivity and competitiveness of existing ones. These then can drive income and employment growth to benefit communities, states, and the nation.
Leads efforts to accelerate the use of domestic resources, reduce reliance on imported oil, and improve air quality in the transportation sector. Focuses on natural gas, electric and hybrid-electric, hydrogen, biodiesel, and ethanol vehicles and infrastructure.