U.S. DOE State Energy Program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP) provides financial and technical assistance to states through formula and competitive grants. States use formula grants to develop customized programs to address a variety of energy priorities. SEP emphasizes the state's role as the decision-maker and administrator for the program activities within the state.
SEP has the following four strategic goals:
- Increase energy efficiency to reduce energy costs and consumption for consumers, businesses, and government.
- Reduce reliance on imported energy.
- Improve the reliability of electricity and fuel supply and the delivery of energy services.
- Reduce the impacts of energy production and use on the environment.
OEP collaborates with DOE to design and implement programs that benefit the State of Tennessee and align with these goals.
National Association of State Energy Officials
The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) is a national non-profit association for the governor-designated energy officials from each of the 56 states and territories. Formed by the states in 1986, NASEO facilitates peer learning among state energy officials, serves as a resource for and about state energy offices, and advocates the interests of the state energy offices to Congress and federal agencies.
NASEO's members are senior officials from the 56 State and Territory Energy Offices, as well as affiliates from the private and public sectors. Affiliate Members include representatives from business, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government.
As the U.S. DOE designated State Energy Office for Tennessee, OEP is an active and engaged participant in NASEO-related events and initiatives. OEP staff consistently participate in monthly committee calls, regularly-scheduled webinars, regional meetings, national conferences, and other activities. Additionally, OEP contributes to NASEO publications, such as reports, memoranda, and white papers.