On June 28–29, 2012, the Department of Energy, in coordination with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), held the National Energy Assurance Planning Conference. The conference culminated three years of DOE’s ongoing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) State and Local Energy Assurance Program (SLEAP). SLEAP seeks to develop new—or refine existing—energy assurance and emergency preparedness plans, which contribute to the resiliency of the energy sector by focusing on the entire energy supply system.
The conference served as an important venue for State and local energy assurance planners to share experiences, learn from other stakeholders, and obtain insights from experts in the field on how to improve energy assurance planning. It also provided opportunities to recap the results of the program, partake in a wide range of discussions on energy assurance issues, and share ideas for continued improvements and sustainability of energy assurance at national, State, and local levels.