NASEO Releases Guidance for States on Petroleum Shortage Response Planning

The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) released its Guidance for States on Petroleum Shortage Response Planning to provide assistance to states in updating their energy assurance plans to improve planning, mitigation, and response efforts in the event of a petroleum shortage. The document 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 of monitoring petroleum markets, assessing consequences when supply disruptions occur, and understanding 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. In conjunction with the release, NASEO, in partnership with the National Emergency Management Association, and with support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, hosted a Petroleum Shortage Response Planning Workshop for states in the Southeast and South-Central regions last week to explore how states might develop more comprehensive plans to respond to fuel shortages. To learn more, please visit NASEO’s Petroleum Shortage Response Planning webpage. Please contact Jeff Pillon ( or Shemika Spencer ( with any questions.