NASEO Hosts State Energy Risk Assessment Workshop
On April 28 – 29, 2015, NASEO, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and the National Conference of State Legislatures, conducted the 2015 State Energy Risk Assessment Workshop in Denver, Colorado.
NASEO Testifies before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
On April 30, 2015, Gene Therriault, NASEO Vice Chair and Deputy Director of the Alaska Energy Authority, offered testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
NASEO Highlights Energy Efficiency in State Energy Office Disaster Planning
On April 7, NASEO released a new report, "Resiliency through Energy Efficiency: Disaster Mitigation and Residential Rebuilding Strategies for and by State Energy Offices."
NASEO Provides Testimony Before U.S. House and Senate in Support of SEP and Other Federal Programs
NASEO recently provided testimony before the U.S. House and U.S. Senate in support of funding for the U.S. State Energy Program, as well as a suite of other federal programs including ENERGY STAR and the Farm Bill.
NASEO and NASCSP Host Briefing on SEP Activities and WAP
On March 19, NASEO and NASCSP hosted a congressional staff briefing in Washington, DC, in which State Energy Offices (Rhode Island and Tennessee) and a technology provider for WAP discussed the the U.S. State Energy Program and Weatherization Assistance Program.

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Senator Murkowski Applauds House Efforts to Highlight Importance of Crude Oil Exports
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), recently welcomed the House Foreign Affairs Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee's decision to hold a hearing on the importance of ending the 40-year-old prohibition on exporting crude oil from the United States.
U.S. DOE Hosts Briefing on QER and Summary of Key Recommendations
On April 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) conducted a briefing on the recently released first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) which focuses on the transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure that links energy supplies to intermediate and end-users.
U.S. EIA to Release 2015 Annual Energy Outlook
The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently announced that it will release its Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015) which presents long-term projections of energy supply, demand, and prices through 2040 in the near term. The analysis focuses on: Reference, Low and High Economic Growth, Low and High Oil Price, and High Oil and Gas Resource.
U.S. DOT Announces Final Rule to Strengthen Oil Shipments by Rail
On May 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued the final rule, "Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains."
NREL Releases Report on CNG and Fleets
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently released the report, "Building a Business Case for Compressed Natural Gas in Fleet Applications," which helps readers assess the various aspects of a new CNG vehicle and fueling infrastructure project to determine viability.

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Governor McAuliffe Fast-tracks State's Energy Efficiency Goal
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that he's speeding up efforts to meet energy efficiency goals under the Virginia Energy Plan.
Nebraska Legislature Gives Initial Approval to State Energy Planning Legislation
The Nebraska legislature recently gave initial approval to a bill that calls for the development of a state energy plan to assess the economic costs of compliance with federal regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
California Governor Brown Orders Major Cut in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Governor Jerry Brown recently ordered a 40% reduction in California's greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels, to be achieved by 2030.
Hawaii Begins Work on Major Policy Initiative to Reach 100% Clean Energy
As Hawaii prepares to unveil a major transportation energy report in June, the Hawaii Energy Office is beginning to reach out to stakeholders about setting up another policy initiative, this one to accelerate the move toward renewable energy.
Colorado Energy Office Releases Report on Venture Into the Private Sector With EPC
The Colorado Energy Office recently released the report, "Colorado's Venture into the Private Sector with Energy Performance Contracting: Considerations for a State Energy Office Program Offering."

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Appraisal Institute Expands 'Green' Education Offerings

The Appraisal Institute recently announced it has extended its partnership with Build It Green, a California-based "green" building organization, enabling more valuation professionals to take relevant education courses. [more]