As the leaders of their states, governors are ultimately responsible for preparing for and responding to energy emergencies in their states – and are uniquely positioned to do so. There are a number of steps governors can take to ensure their states are well-positioned to respond to electrical blackouts, oil and gas shortages and other energy-related crises. The National Governors Association developed this State Resource Center on Energy Security to provide governors and other senior state officials with a one-stop-shop for the information and resources they need to plan for and respond to energy emergencies.

NGA State Resilience Assessment And Planning Tool

The State Resilience Assessment and Planning Tool (SRAP Tool) was created to help Governors and their staffs assess state resilience, identify gaps, and plan for natural and man-made disasters. The tool and related efforts build upon the experiences of states and community leaders around the U.S. and globally.

The SRAP Tool uses all hazards to help states prepare for a wide range of natural and man-made threats. Those can include storms such as hurricanes and tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, cyber and physical attacks, and terrorist attacks. The development of the SRAP Tool was conducted under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. While the SRAP Tool is applicable to a broad range of resilience efforts, this version focuses on energy assurance and continuity of operations for that sector primarily, along with other critical infrastructure systems such as transportation, communications, and water. Learn more and download the tool here, or for a demonstration of the tool, view this webinar.


Executive Authority During Energy Emergencies

A tool to help Governors prepare in advance of an energy emergency and inform their decision making in the event of an energy emergency.

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NGA Energy Security Library

Executive Authority During Energy Emergencies: A Road Map for Governors

Executive Authority During Energy Emergencies: A Road Map for Governors

The NGA Center for Best Practices has released Executive Authority During Energy Emergencies: A Road Map for Governors. The road map is a tool that helps governors and their key ...
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Governors’ Advisors’ Energy Policy Institute

June 12 – 13 | Washington, D.C The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held its annual Governors' Advisors Energy Policy Institute June 12 – 13, 2018, ...
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Retreat on Energy Resilience Coordination and Planning in Oregon and Washington

January 31, 2018 | Portland, OR With the increased prevalence of large-scale natural disasters and the threat of a future Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami, regional energy resilience coordination ...
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GridEx IV State After-Action Workshop

January 23-24, 2018 | Washington, DC Agenda Presentations January 23, 2018 Welcome Remarks and Introductions Speakers: Jeff McLeod, director, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, National Governors Association, NGA Center ...
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States Focus on Strengthening Electric Grid

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has selected five states—Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, South Dakota and Wisconsin—to participate in a workshop to explore lessons learned from the upcoming GridEx IV exercise ...
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Oregon Retreat on Prioritizing and Valuing Local Energy Resilience

May 5, 2017 | Newport, OR Oregon, in partnership with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), is working on a year-and-a-half long initiative to identify and ...
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Smart & Safe: State Strategies for Enhancing Cybersecurity in the Electric Sector

Cyber-attacks have grown rapidly in the last few years and the energy sector has become a prime target for those attacks. In 2016, 20 percent of incidents reported to the ...
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States Strengthen Energy Infrastructure

WASHINGTON—Governors are often on the front lines of responding to natural or human-made disasters, and they also play an integral role in emergency preparedness. That includes ensuring energy supply and ...
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‘Governor’s Corner’ Column Spotlights State Energy Advancements

Each quarter, the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Environment, Energy and Transportation Division pens “Governor’s Corner,” a column in Public Utilities Fortnightly. In the latest edition, Program Director Aliza Wasserman and Policy ...
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On Demand Technical Assistance

NGA staff provide tailored on demand technical assistance to governors’ advisors upon request, using information about best practices and advice from states and other experts across the country. Assistance can come in a variety of forms, including brief confidential memos on a specific policy area, comments on draft legislation or regulations, consultation on a policy development process or access to outside experts to help the governor’s office move its agenda. Please contact Dan Lauf at for more information.