Technical Assistance to States

The Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE) provides independent and unbiased technical support to states, regions, and Tribes on their electricity-related policies through its Electricity Policy Technical Assistance Program. Types of assistance offered and activities supported include: analysis assistance; stakeholder-convened discussions; education and training through workshops and webinars; consultations with technical experts. Technical assistance is provided through national laboratories, regional and national associations of state decision-makers, and federal government staff. OE provides technical assistance in response to requests from eligible entities. 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), on behalf of OE, provides objective technical assistance, upon request, to state regulatory commissions, state energy offices, tribes and regional entities. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: transmission and electric system resource planning; reliability and resiliency; demand response and smart grid; regulated utility business models; integrating variable generation; rate-payer funded energy efficiency; electric sector interdependencies (e.g., gas-electric, water, transportation); environmental regulations; and resource diversity.

State regulatory commissions, state energy offices, tribes, and regional entities can contact the appropriate subject matter expert listed below to explore technical assistance options and then complete the OE Technical Assistance Request Form

In addition to conducting technical assistance through OE, LBNL also performs technical assistance on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, and Federal Energy Management Program. To explore possible technical assistance for topics not specified above, please contact the subject matter expert listed below. 


Team Members

Fossil Generation               

Pete Larsen
(510) 486-5015

Regional Planning/Transmission

Galen Barbose
(510) 495-2593

Smart Grid

Peter Cappers
(315) 637-0513 

Energy Efficiency

Lisa Schwartz
(510) 486-6315

Chuck Goldman
(510) 486-4637


Ryan Wiser
(510) 486-5474

Galen Barbose
(510) 495-2593

Utility Business Models

Andrew Satchwell
(510) 486-6544