E-MAP RFP for States on Electric System Modernization
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, NASEO's Energy Markets and Planning Program (E-MAP) RFP for State Energy Offices will support electric system modernization roadmapping
NASEO Board Elects Marion Gold, Rhode Island, as Treasurer; Asa Hopkins, Vermont, and Tristan Vance, Indiana, as Regional Representatives
NASEO's Board of Directors recently elected Marion Gold, Commissioner, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, as its treasurer. In addition, the Board elected Asa Hopkins, Director, Vermont Department of Public Service's Planning and Energy Resources Division, and Tristan Vance, Director, Indiana Office of Energy Development, as regional representatives within the Northeast and Midwest, respectively.
NASEO Financing Committee, Fuels and Grid Integration Committee, Hold Joint Discussion on Solar
NASEO recently convened two key of its committees--Financing and Fuels and Grid Integration--for a joint conference call on the marketplace for solar energy and strategies that State Energy Offices and their private sector partners are using to fund, finance, and incentivize solar energy deployment.
NASEO and IMT will Host a National Webinar on the Implementation of Tenant Star
NASEO and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) are working together to assist in the successful development and implementation of a major new federal energy efficiency building initiative – Tenant Star.
NASEO Releases Working Paper on Least Cost, Energy Efficiency Approaches to Address EPA's Clean Power Plan
On July 31, 2015, NASEO released its working paper “Energy Efficiency Strategies for Clean Power Plan Compliance: Approaches and Selected Case Studies” to support state consideration of “no regrets” and often least-cost energy efficiency strategies for prospective Clean Power Plan (CPP) compliance.

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New Proposed Federal Efficiency Standard for Rechargeable Products
A new proposal for federal energy efficiency standards for products with rechargeable batteries was announced this week. These standards - already in effect for products in California and Oregon - would have the potential to save consumers nationwide more than $2 billion off their utility bills and avoid 12 million metric tons of carbon pollution annually.
Congressman Tonko Reintroduces SEP and WAP Reauthorization in the House
On July 29, Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), reintroduced legislation (H.R. 3420) to "reauthorize the weatherization and State Energy Programs." The bill reauthorizes the Weatherization Assistance Program at $450 million per year for FY2016 through FY2020 and the State Energy Program at $75 million per year for FY2016 through FY2020.
Senator Murkowski Releases Report on Benefits of Crude Oil Exports to the Great Lakes Region
On July 29, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released a report on the potential benefits of domestic crude oil exports to the Great Lakes region in support of her efforts to end the current ban on U.S. crude oil exports.
Senate Energy Committee Adopts Amendments Supporting Improved Energy Efficiency and Enhanced National Security
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources this recently adopted three amendments introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015.
FERC Proposes Revisions to CIP New Reliability Standards
On July 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a proposal designed to improve the cyber security of the bulk electric system.

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Governor McAuliffe Launches Broader Weatherization Program for Low-income Customers in Virginia
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced a major expansion of a statewide home-weatherization program that promises to find and plug energy leaks for elderly, disabled or low-income residents, and military veterans.
Hawaii and Okinawa Extend Renewable Energy Collaboration
Hawaii and Okinawa are proposing to extend an existing memorandum to keep collaborating on renewable energy development projects through June 2020, the state's energy office recently reported.
Governor Haslam's EmPower TN Initiative Set to Cut Tennessee Utility Bills by an Estimated 28%
Governor Bill Haslam's EmPower TN initiative aims to reduce energy consumption across the state through a strategy of "measuring and controlling energy use, investing in increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy generation, and creating an operational environment of excellence."
New Vermont State Energy Plan in the Works
The Vermont Public Service Department is preparing an update of the state's comprehensive energy plan, paying particular attention to the solar boom and changes in transportation.
California Energy Commission Approves Grants for Alternative Fuel Transportation Projects
The California Energy Commission recently approved more than $10 million in grants for four alternative-fuel projects, including a zero emission fuel-cell truck to transport shipping containers and battery-electric school buses.

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Affiliates Corner

NASEO Welcomes Window and Door Manufacturers Association as Newest Affiliate Member

NASEO is pleased to announce its newest affiliate member, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association. [more]