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By Posted on August 16, 2018

Bill Squadron, President


The ways that Americans produce, distribute, use, and think about energy are more important to our nation’s future than ever before. But despite rapidly evolving financial, national security, and environmental realities – and significant advances in science and technology – our nation’s energy policies are not adequately evolving to meet the challenges of our changing world. (OEP), a non-partisan, non-profit organization was created to address this issue. Specifically, our mission is to facilitate substantive, responsible dialogue on energy policy issues, and provide this dialogue as a resource for the American people, policymakers, and the media. By bringing together energy experts in productive national discourse, OEP enhances the potential of identifying, adopting, and implementing effective energy policy.

Crafting and implementing sound, effective energy policies that can meet the ever-changing challenges of modern society is a goal that individuals across the political spectrum can support. Following this guiding principle, OEP does not have or endorse any specific political, programmatic, policy, or technological agendas, but rather seeks to encourage a broad discussion of all points of view. We empower energy professionals representing every viewpoint from every sector – industry, academia, government, law, finance, non-profit organizations, think tanks, and more – to participate in and drive public dialogue that will sharpen distinctions, identify points of consensus, and stimulate innovative solutions in our energy policy.

OEP serves as a resource to the energy community in other ways as well. Our platform includes the world’s most comprehensive energy-focused, well indexed library online, providing papers, reports, articles, studies and other materials to government personnel, investors, academics, and others researching energy issues. The OEP site also provides a calendar of energy events nationwide, and important headlines covering developments in the energy sector.

Our regular live events allow us to convene some of the best thinkers and leaders in energy to discuss major challenges that we face as a nation. OEP is proud to be working with both the National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO) and NextEnergy in order to organize a dialogue next month at NASEO’s annual meeting in Detroit. OEP has invited NextEnergy President and CEO, Jim Saber, to speak during a plenary session which will cover how states and cities are preparing for electric vehicles and what it means to be truly “EV ready.” This panel will help answer the following:

  • What does “EV Ready” mean for buildings and how are codes and standards preparing for a future with electric vehicles?
  • How will EV’s impact buildings’ load, and what strategies are needed to ensure proper management?
  • Should “EV Ready” buildings also include battery storage infrastructure onsite?
  • How can EVs shave peak load and support grid stability?
  • How workplace charging influences consumer adoption of EV’s?

We hope you will be able to join OEP and NextEnergy for this 1:45 session on Tuesday September 25th titled: “Smarter Together: Integrating Electric Vehicles, Buildings, and the Grid for Greater Efficiency, Intelligence, Resiliency, and Mobility.”

We encourage you to explore what has to offer and hope to see you in person at the 2018 NASEO Annual Meeting.


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