Save the Date: NASEO 2015 Energy Policy Outlook Conference, February 3-6, 2015
On February 3-6, 2015, NASEO will host the 2015 Energy Policy Outlook Conference. Please join us as we convene to address important energy infrastructure and policy issues.
NASEO Hosts "3N" 111(d) Meeting with NACAA and NARUC
On December 4, 2014, NASEO hosted a "3N" meeting with the National Association of Clean Air Agencies and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners to discuss energy efficiency compliance options for EPA's proposed 111(d) rule.
NASEO Supports the PREPARE Act
On December 3, 2014, NASEO sent a letter to Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) expressing support for the the Promoting Regional Energy Partnerships for Advancing Resilient Energy Systems Act (PREPARE Act), which authorizes the U.S. Department of Energy to enter into multi-state cooperative agreements.
NASEO Board of Directors Convenes in Arlington, Virginia
On December 2-3, the NASEO Board met in Arlington, Virginia, to address NASEO business, discuss legislative and federal priorities, and hear from the DOE and other federal agencies on state priorities in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors. For more information about the results of the Board meeting, please contact your Regional Representative to NASEO's Board of Directors.
NASEO and NEEP Facilitate Winter Heating Media Campaign in New England States
In a new fuel-neutral media campaign, the New England States are collaborating to devise consistent messaging to be used in the media to assist residents and others in regards to winter heating. The effort was facilitated by NASEO and the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP).

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EPA to Assist Water Utilities in Climate Resilience and Readiness
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently launched its Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative, which assists the water sector, including drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities, in addressing climate change challenges and impacts.
Notice of Delay in Issuing 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program
A notice announcing that the Agency will not be finalizing 2014 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard program before the end of 2014 was just recently issued.
USDA Launches Energy Efficiency Program Loans in Arkansas and North Carolina
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced it has funded two loans in Arkansas and North Carolina under the new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program, designed to help consumers reduce energy bills through energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems.
EIA Releases Updated Data for Winter Heating Fuels
The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently recently winter heating fuels data, including information on propane, heating oil, natural gas, and electricity.
EPA Releases Guidance to Improve Schools’ Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality while increasing energy efficiency during school renovations.

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Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order 36, Creating Virginia’s First Green Community Program
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently signed Executive Order 36, authorizing the creation of Virginia’s first Green Community Program to provide localities and the private sector with a low-cost financing tool to implement energy conservation projects in their communities and businesses.
Governor Bentley Announces Grant for Rural Water System Leaks in Alabama
Governor Robert Bentley recently awarded a $25,000 grant that will help Alabama's rural water systems find and repair costly water leaks. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant with funding provided to the State Energy Program by the U.S. Department of Energy.
New Jersey Transit to Storm-Proof Trains through Microgrid
The New Jersey Transit recently announced plans to build a microgrid to power its most heavily traveled rail lines. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and other state and federal agencies supported the project.
Minnesota Commerce Department Receives Excellence in Solar Implementation Award
The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources, recently accepted the first-annual Excellence in Minnesota Solar Implementation Award from the Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association (MnSEIA).
Natural Gas Facility Opens Using Gas from Illinois Landfill for State Pipeline
Waste Management Inc. (WM) recently announced the opening of a renewable natural gas facility that will supply pipeline-ready natural gas from the gas produced at its Milam Landfill in Fairmont City, Il. The $19 million facility was partially funded by a $2.4 million grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Energy Office.

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EEI Announces Two Major Electric Vehicle Initiatives at the White House

During a recent White House event , U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Counselor to the President John Podesta, PG&E Corporation Chairman and CEO Tony Earley, and Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn announced two electric power industry initiatives to further commercialize electric transportation technologies...