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The mission of California's Center for Sustainable Energy is to foster public policies and provide programs, services, information and forums that facilitate the adoption of clean, reliable, renewable, sustainable, and efficient energy technologies and practices.

The 18 cities and county government are SANDAG serving as the forum for regional decision-making. SANDAG builds consensus, makes strategic plans, obtains and allocates resources, plans, engineers, and builds public transportation, and provides information on a broad range of topics pertinent to the region's quality of life.

ASERTTI is a 501.c.3 organization that works with the National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO) but does not officially represent the governors, though some ASERTTI members are also from State Energy Offices (SEO). ASERTTI's mission is to increase the effectiveness of energy research efforts in contribution to economic growth, environmental quality, and energy security by collaborating on research projects with state, federal, and private partners; and by sharing technical and operational information among members and associates.

The California Air Resources Board is a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, an organization which reports directly to the Governor's Office in the Executive Branch of California State Government. Their mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state.

The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, the Commission has the following responsibilities: forecasting future energy needs and keeping historical energy data; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency through appliance and building standards; developing energy technologies and supporting renewable energy; planning for and directing state response to energy emergency; overseeing funding programs that support public interest energy research; advancing energy science and technology through research, development and demonstration; and providing market support to existing, new and emerging renewable technologies.

An innovative University of California partnership of energy agencies, utilities, building industry, non-profits, and research entities designed to advance energy efficiency science and technology for the benefit of California and other energy consumers and the environment. CIEE is a branch of the University of California Energy Institute.

The California PUC regulates privately owned electric, telecommunications, natural gas, water and transportation companies, in addition to household goods movers and rail safety.

This list, courtesy of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), will link you to the energy office in your state. Many State Energy Offices maintain useful information and programs for energy savings.

The Buildings Research Division at FSEC promotes energy-efficient building design in Florida. Buildings Research Division provides the architectural and engineering community with free design assistance through plan reviews, building energy simulations, development of construction details, and assists with the selection of appropriate materials and equipment. Activities are sponsored by the Florida Energy Office.

Issues of concern to the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) include electric and gas utility, transportation, buildings, research, economic development, environmental, energy efficiency, renewable energy and other energy-related matters. For more than a decade, NASEO has provided leadership on these energy-related issues to regional, state and federal government officials, guiding them toward a deeper understanding of energy's pivotal role in the economy and environment, and informing them about the specific energy priorities and concerns of the states and territories. This nonprofit association was created by the governors as an "instrumentality of the states" to improve the effectiveness and quality of state energy programs and policies, and to be a collector and repository of energy-related information.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority was established by 1975 law as a public benefit corporation. NYSERDA funds research into energy supply and efficiency, as well as energy-related environmental issues, important to the well-being of New Yorkers. NYSERDA offers financial and technical assistance to the State's businesses, industries, municipalities, and residents to address New York's energy and environmental needs. Incentives are available though a number of programs for various projects and initiatives such as new construction, commercial/industrial projects, energy efficiency improvements, wind and solar systems, energy audits, and much more.

The EnerNet website is produced by Energy NewsData, an energy information services and publishing company based in Seattle and San Francisco, with support by utility companies and energy industry organizations and agencies. EnerNet is an active and comprehensive guide to the energy industry in Western North America, with emphasis on the Northwest Power Pool area and special features focused on the four states that comprise the Pacific Northwest.

The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC), the residential utility advocate, represents the interests of 4.5 million households in proceedings before state and federal regulators and in the courts. The state agency provides information and responds to consumers' questions about their electric, natural gas, telephone and water services.

Providing energy services, products and information to the public.

Whether you're a businessperson or policy maker, an academic or industrialist, the Energy Center of Wisconsin has the knowledge and project experience to meet your needs. That could mean policy research, a demonstration of new technology, education programs, even facilities planning.