Energy Security provides a forum for discussing energy data collection and analysis issues and energy assurance.   Energy Assurance involves both responding to energy supply disruptions and, in the longer term, working to enhance the resiliency of energy infrastructure.  The committee is responsible for cyber-security as part of its energy assurance efforts.   It also sponsors the state energy office participation in the Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinators, which are the state point of contacts in an energy emergency.

The group also supports state efforts in the area of energy data and analysis.

The group collaborates with relevant federal partners and industry stakeholders to assist states in carrying out their responsibilities as state energy data repositories, providing technical assistance to other state government agencies, and energy assurance planning and preparedness.  Enhanced intra-state and inter-state coordination as well as greater communication between the public and private sectors are pervasive themes throughout the committee’s work.

Ben Bolton, Co-Chair
Energy Programs Administrator, Office of Energy Programs
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Kylah McNabb

Megan Levy, Co-Chair
Local Energy Programs Manager
Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation


NASEO Energy Security Publications

NASEO Guidance for States on Petroleum Shortage Response Planning
February 2018 - 2.3 MB PDF Version - 2.3 MB
Author: Jeff Pillon, NASEO
This guide is designed to provide assistance to states as they update their energy assurance plans by responding to the needs identified by states and others for improved planning and mitigation in the petroleum sector. It also summarizes key guidance and serves as a companion to NASEO’s suite of energy assurance technical assistance offerings, energy emergency exercises, and coordination workshops. The first section of the guidance addresses the importance for states to be able to monitor petroleum markets, assess consequences when supply disruptions occur and the need to understand threats from all hazards, vulnerabilities, and interdependencies. The second section of the guidance provides information on a series of programs and measures which states can use to respond to specific conditions and problems that may occur during a petroleum supply disruption. (

NASEO State Energy Cybersecurity Model Analysis: Michigan Cybersecurity Structures and Programs Profile
December 2015 - 1.39MB PDF
Author(s): Jeff Pillon and Shemika Spencer, NASEO
This report profiles cybersecurity in Michigan and looks at how strong leadership from the governor, along with the involvement of key state agencies, guides the roles and responsibilities for cybersecurity. It also explores how cybersecurity is being addressed through public-private collaborations and identifies how Michigan is responding to the various federal efforts to improve cybersecurity. It purpose is to promotes peer information exchange among states by identifying and profiling states’ innovative cybersecurity structure and programs in support of states’ efforts to develop and improve institutional cybersecurity capabilities.

Integrating Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Energy Assurance Planning: Information, Examples, and Data Resources to Guide States
Author(s): Sandy Fazeli and Jeff Pillon, NASEO
This report discusses the opportunities and potential challenges surrounding the deployment of AFVs in emergency fleets and the data and information needs for a more robust inclusion of alternative fuel vehicles in energy assurance plans. It includes a scan of states’ energy assurance plans to identify how alternative fuels and vehicle efficiency support resilience and mitigate energy supply disruptions.

Guidance for States on Relief from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations in an Energy Emergency
November 2014 - 0.12MB PDF
Author(s): NASEO
This report covers Federal Motor Carrier safety issues that can arise during energy emergencies, such as driver hours waivers. It includes a set of frequently asked questions, a draft executive order for adaptation by states, and suggested implementation steps and contains updated material to reflect regulatory changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) as directed by the Reliable Home Heating Act which was signed into law
on June 30, 2014.

Memo: New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Law and Governor Authority
July 2014 - 0.08 MB PDF
Author(s): NASEO
This memo provides important updates to NASEO's October 2012 guidance following passage of the Reliable Home Heating Act (Public Law 113-125). Under provision of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, enacted December 16, 2014, FMCSA has suspended the requirements regarding the restart of a driver’s 60- or 70-hour limit that  drivers were required to comply with beginning July 1, 2013.  For further information see:

Strategies for States in Energy Assurance Planning: Regional Coordination and Communication
March 2013 - 0.28MB PDF
Author(s): NASEO
This paper will provide states with strategies for working on a multi-state regional level to coordinate energy assurance planning, share information, and communicate effectively.

State Energy Assurance Guidelines Version 3.1
December 2009 - 5.09MB PDF

Author(s): NASEO
The State Energy Assurance Guidelines provide an outline for states to reference in the development of a state energy assurance plan.

Workshops, Exercises and Trainings

Viking Shadow Midwest Energy Assurance Workshop
July 30-31, 2018 - St. Paul, MN
NASEO, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), hosted the “Viking Shadow” Energy Assurance Workshop for the Midwest, Great Plains, and Rocky Mountain regions to improve states’ ability to identify gaps in current energy emergency plans as they relate to cybersecurity, fuel coordination, and multi-state coordination; examine state and federal government roles and responsibilities during energy emergencies; and encourage increased coordination between states and industry when responding to events.

Petroleum Shortage Response Planning Workshop
February 21-22, 2018 - Atlanta, GA
NASEO, in partnership with the National Emergency Management Association, and with support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), hosted a Petroleum Shortage Response Planning Workshop, for states in the Southeast and South-Central regions to explore how states might develop more comprehensive plans to respond to fuel shortages. Utilizing NASEO’s newly released Guidance for States on Petroleum Shortage Response Planning, workshop attendees from state energy offices, state emergency management agencies, industry, and the federal government participated in facilitated discussions focused on responding to a category 3 hurricane and subsequent cyber-attack to oil and natural gas supply critical infrastructure systems. The workshop summary report is available on NASEO's website.

"Liberty Eclipse" Cyber-Energy Emergency Exercise
December 8-9, 2016 - Newport, RI
NASEO and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) held a cyber and energy emergency exercise in Newport, Rhode Island.  The exercise focused on Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, and included State Energy Office Directors, State Utility Commissioners, oil, gas, utility industry representatives, and related Federal officials from the Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation and Defense. The exercise tested the response and recovery efforts of state and federal officials and the private energy industries to an electrical power outage of significant portions affecting much of the Northeast and Middle Atlantic States from a cyber incident.  Under the scenarios used, it took over two weeks to fully restore power to all customers.  The exercise included related energy infrastructure impacts on petroleum suppliers and refineries in the affected area that also resulted in a major fuel shortage.  The exercise participants responded with actions that would taken to mitigate the impacts of the power outage, as well as impacts on gasoline supplies and heating oil to consumers. The summary report for the exercise is available on DOE's website.

Western Regional Emergency Fuel Coordination Meeting
September 28-30, 2016 - Sacramento, CA
NASEO and the California Energy Commission (CEC) hosted an Emergency Fuel Coordination Meeting for Western states and industry partners. This meeting was a unique opportunity for state and industry partners in the West to work towards the development of more coordinated, detailed, and effective energy emergency response plans. 


NASEO-EIA 2018-2019 Winter Energy Outlook Webinar
October 10, 2018

NASEO 2018 Hurricane Season Preparedness Webinar
June 12, 2018

NASEO Petroleum Shortage Response Planning Guidance Webinar
June 7, 2018

NASEO-EIA 2017-2018 Winter Energy Outlook Webinar
October 11, 2017

State Petroleum Contingency Planning Webinar
June 15, 2017

Electromagnetic Pulse and its Impacts on the Electric Power System Webinar
April 26, 2017

Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinator Training Webinar (Presentation)
July 2016

NASEO Updated Guidance for States on Relief from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations in an Energy Emergency Webinar
November 10, 2014

NASEO Presentations

Preparing Infrastructure for Natural Disasters
December 1, 2017 - Phoenix, AZ
NASEO participated in a discussion at the Western Governors Association Winter Meeting on preparing infrastructure for natural disasters with a focus on the energy water sectors. NASEO, along with the other session panelists, engaged in a dialogue with governors to discuss how states can better prepare for the impact of natural disasters on the western region’s water and energy infrastructure and recent legislation and initiatives at the federal level that aim to improve the states’ ability to prepare and response to emergencies. 

Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency in the Energy Sector
October 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, FL
NASEO provided a presentation at the Florida Energy Summit on emergency preparedness and resiliency in the energy sector to discuss states’ role in preventing the disruption of fuel and electricity during natural disasters and how states partner with industry to quickly restore services.

Assessing Regional Transportation Fuel Supply Shortages and Consequences
September 29, 2016 - Sacramento, CA
The California Energy Commission (CEC) and National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) hosted an Emergency Fuel Coordination Meeting for Western states and industry partners on September 28 - 30, 2016, in Sacramento, CA. This meeting was a unique opportunity for state and industry partners in the West to work towards the development of more coordinated, detailed, and effective energy emergency response plans. Jeff Pillon, NASEO’s Director of Energy Assurance, discussed information sharing among public and private sector partners in an emergency event as well as the likely impacts from catastrophic events which could lead to regional transportation fuel supply shortages in the Western region and how states should enhance their risk assessment capabilities to assist their planning and response efforts.

NASEO Energy Security Contacts: Jeff Pillon, Shemika Spencer