David Terry, Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), Janet Streff, Manager of the Minnesota State Energy Office and Chair of the NASEO Board of Directors and Robert Jackson, Director of the Michigan Agency of Energy and Vice-Chair of the NASEO Board of Directors welcomed attendees to the 2016 NASEO Energy Policy Outlook Conference and gave an overview of this year’s conference focus—Powering Economies: Energy as the Engine for Smart Growth.

Mr. Terry, Ms. Streff, and Mr. Jackson discussed the policy focus that the NASEO Energy Policy Outlook Conference takes and the sessions that will address new energy technologies, energy policies and the potential these two areas have for driving the energy market. Additionally, Ms. Streff highlighted the senior level cabinet officials’ attendees will hear from later today including Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.