State energy officials from around the country, industry partners gather in Detroit next week for NASEO annual meeting

Rick Snyder, Governor
Anne Armstrong Cusack, Executive Director



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LANSING, Mich. – The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) is holding its annual meeting in Detroit on Sept. 23-26, assembling top energy officials and industry professionals from across the country for a collaborative learning experience to discover the latest energy trends, policies, and issues affecting states.

This is the first time the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan are hosting such a gathering.

“We are extremely excited to have so many energy thought leaders come to Detroit to share their ideas and success stories,” said Robert Jackson, director of the Michigan Energy Office and chair of NASEO. “They’ll experience a reenergized city, hear about Michigan’s leading role in developing mobility technology, and learn about policies that will help them to develop best practices that will work back home.”  

NASEO, based in Arlington, Va., has served since 1986 as the only national non-profit dedicated to the governor-designated energy directors from each of the states and territories.

“We are thrilled to gather our members and partners and showcase the important lessons, innovations and culture the city of Detroit and state of Michigan have to offer,” said David Terry, NASEO’s executive director. “After four days at the Annual Meeting, attendees will walk away with a comprehensive understanding of how states are structuring their energy plans and policies to meet changing energy priorities, needs, and goals, and the ways that Michigan and Detroit are leading on energy in many areas.”

The conference will showcase policy and program issues in transportation, electrification, and energy efficiency. Highlights include sessions on energy cybersecurity, energy strategies for rural communities, electric vehicle adoption and integration, costs and benefits of strategic electrification systems in building systems, and how Detroit is accelerating sustainability.

Notable speakers include Britta Goss, director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors; Joel Howrani Heeres, director of Sustainability for the City of Detroit; keynoter Robert Knake, senior fellow for cyber policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and the former director for Cybersecurity Policy at the National Security Council, and Axel Lerche, co-founder of EcoSmart Solution, LLC, which builds zero-energy communities.

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