Energy Overview


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Energy Program Staff

  • Aaron Ray
  • Daniel Shea
  • Austin Igleheart
  • Christopher McMichael

NCSL's Energy Program offers a range of services including a state-by-state analysis of energy issues, technical assistance, responding to policy questions and research on energy issues of importance in your state. Our services, which are available to all legislators and legislative staff free of charge, include:

Research and Technical Assistance

NCSL's Energy Program answers hundreds of research requests each year and is happy to help you with any energy-related questions. Send us an email to receive a prompt response to your question. Additionally, NCSL's energy policy experts can provide free technical assistance, which may include testifying before legislative energy committees, assisting interim task forces and providing input on state legislation and policy developments.


The Energy Program holds frequent webinars, providing access to energy technology and policy experts. View the recordings and presentations from past webinars and register for webinars planned in 2021.

For publications, updates on energy policy issues, access to the state environment and energy legislation database and more visit the main energy portal. To be added to our mailing list or subscribe to our newsletters, please contact

Denver Office

NCSL’s network of policy experts conducts extensive research and analysis and supports peer-to-peer exchanges among lawmakers and legislative staff. For comprehensive legislative summaries, 50-state policy information, and other legislative resources contact the energy policy experts in NCSL’s Denver office.

Aaron Ray
Associate Director
Aaron Ray
Infrastructure; utilities; electricity transmission and distribution; climate change policies; renewable energy; and efficiency.
Daniel Shea
Program Principal
Daniel Shea 
Energy security, resilience, critical infrastructure and cybersecurity; nuclear energy and waste disposal; utility regulation and grid modernization; and fossil fuels.
Austin Igleheart
Policy Associate
Energy efficiency and demand response; transportation electrification and alternate fuel vehicles; building electrification; oil and gas production; and energy storage. 
Christopher McMichael
Policy Associate
Renewable energy; nuclear energy; climate change and emissions; fossil fuels (coal and gas).

Washington, D.C., Office

NCSL’s Washington, D.C. office works to enhance the role of states in the federal system by focusing on federal policy research as well as advocating for states’ before the administration and Congress. For more information about NCSL’s advocacy efforts or federal energy policy, contact the policy experts in NCSL’s Washington, D.C. office.

Ben Husch, NCSL staff.Ben Husch
Federal Affairs Advisor, State-Federal Relations Division
Ben Husch
Federal energy policy analysis.

Kristin Hildreth, NCSL staff.Kristen Hildreth
Legislative Director, State-Federal Relations Division
Kristen Hildreth
Federal energy policy analysis.