NASEO is a national non-profit organization whose membership includes the governor-designated energy officials from each state and territory. The organization was created in 1986 to improve the effectiveness and quality of state energy programs and policies, provide policy input and analysis, share successes among the states, and to be a repository of information on issues of particular concern to the states and their citizens. NASEO receives basic funding from the states and the federal government.
The organization leads efforts to direct, invest and manage energy spending to maximize energy savings, generate private sector cost-shared investment in clean energy projects, and produce immediate economic benefits, including jobs. State and territory energy offices manage more than $3 billion of state funds annually in addition to much of the federal stimulus funding directed towards energy efficiency and renewable energy.