The NGA Governors’ Advisors Energy Policy Institute is a unique event that brings together governors’ energy policy staff to share energy policy solutions, learn from national experts, and participate in peer-to-peer exchanges.


Virtual Event – June 22, June 24, July 13-15, 2021

Pre-Meeting: New Advisors Bootcamp ( June 22)

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Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Jessica Rackley, Program Director, NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center)

State Introductions

  • What policy areas are you responsible for in your role?
  • What have been your top areas of focus so far?
  • What challenges and successes have you experienced in your role so far?
  • What is an area where NGA and your peers can particularly assist you?

Moderator: Jessica Rackley, Program Director, NGA Center


Perspectives from Veteran Peers

Veteran energy policy advisors shared best practices, challenges and lessons learned from their experience.

  • Anne Vogel, Deputy Policy Director and Energy Advisor, Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine
    Jeremy Tarr, Senior Advisor for Climate Change Policy, Office of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper
  • Jane Cohen, Director, Governor’s Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy, Office of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

Moderator: Jessica Rackley, Program Director, NGA Center


Federal Partner Introductions

Introductions from Department of Energy offices:

  • Brandi Martin, Program Manager, DOE Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, & Emergency Response (CESER) | Presentation
  • Joyce Kim, Program Manager, DOE Office of Electricity (OE) | Presentation
  • Amy Kidd, Acting Manager, State Energy Program, DOE EERE, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIP) | Presentation
  • Jon Carmack, Senior Technical Advisor, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)

Moderator: Dan Lauf, Program Director, NGA Center


State Discussion & Wrap-Up

In this session advisors connected with other colleagues and organizations working on energy issues who may serve as a resource.

  • What information was the most helpful?
  • What questions do you still have about the role?
  • How best can NGA support your work?

Moderator: Dan Lauf, Program Director, NGA Center


State Exchange and Federal Policy Update (June 24)

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Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Daniel Lauf, Program Director, NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center)

State Introductions and Updates

State attendees introduced themselves and provided brief updates highlight recent energy policy developments and ongoing Gubernatorial priorities.

  • What are your Governor’s energy policy priorities?
  • What energy policy challenges are you responding to?
  • What questions do you have for NGA or your state peers?

Moderator:Timothy Schoonhoven, Policy Analyst, NGA Center


Energy Developments Overview

Energy markets are at a key inflection point. The new administration is pushing for an energy transition to clean energy and reduced emissions. Renewable energy incentives and reduced costs are expected to make clean energy investments more competitive. A presentation on these energy shifts preceded an open state discussion.

  • Speaker: Stanley Porter, Vice Chairman, U.S. Energy, Resources and Industrials, Deloitte Consulting
  • Moderator: Jessica Rackley, Program Director, NGA Center

Federal Stimulus, Infrastructure Funding, and Other News from the Hill

  • Alex Whitaker, Legislative Director, NGA Office of Government Relations

Updates from U.S. Department of Energy Leadership

Officials from the U.S. Department of Energy joined the meeting to discuss agency priorities, updates, and new state-focused resources, followed by Q&A.

  • Puesh Kumar, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, DOE Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response | Presentation
  • Patricia Hoffman, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, DOE Office of Electricity
  • Dr. Kathryn Huff, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy

Moderator: Daniel Lauf, Program Director, NGA Center


Clean Energy and Climate (July 13)


Energy Resilience and Security (July 14)


Energy Workforce, Economic Development, and Recovery (July 15)

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