National Energy Foundation (NEF) was founded in 1976, and has 35 years of experience in service to education. NEF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to the development, dissemination, and implementation of supplementary educational materials, programs, products and services. These resources for education relate primarily to energy, water, natural resources, science and math, technology, conservation and the environment. All products and services enrich and enhance teaching and learning to recognize the importance and contribution of natural resources to our economy, to national security, the environment and our quality of life.
NEF is devoted to the implementation of a variety of innovative educational opportunities including teacher training, student programs and adult employee training and programs. The education community, businesses, government agencies and associations have relied upon NEF expertise for over three decades to carry out effective educational partnerships.
OUR MISSION IS TO CULTIVATE AND PROMOTE AN ENERGY LITERATE SOCIETY
National Energy Foundation will continue to expand its role as the premier provider of educational resources dealing with energy, natural resources, and the environment by expanding its products, training, and services, creating and implementing new and innovative educational resources, becoming extensively involved in the use of the Internet, and transforming printed educational materials to new mediums, thereby making it possible to significantly expand our impact throughout the nation.
NEF has been in business for over 35 years. Throughout those years NEF has assembled a vigorous team passionate about energy education. NEF has experienced and qualified individuals to deliver quality results.
National Energy Foundation is also fortunate to be guided by capable, willing, and concerned officers and directors. These volunteers offer their valuable services on a complementary basis to help achieve NEF’s mission.
NEF is comprised of a team that is passionate about energy and education. Curriculum writers, educators, marketers, communicators, accountants, students and many other talented individuals come together to provide comprehensive energy education tailored for any age.
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National Energy Foundation is fortunate to be guided by a volunteer board of directors comprised of experts that reflect the spectrum of energy uses and issues from across the country.
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Fertel has 35 years of experience consulting for electric utilities on issues related to designing, siting, licensing and managing both fossil and nuclear plants. He has worked in executive positions with such organizations as Ebasco, Management Analysis Company and Tenera. In November 1990, he joined the U.S. Council for Energy Awareness as vice president of Technical Programs. With the formation of NEI in 1994, he became NEI’s vice president of Nuclear Economics and Fuel Supply. He assumed his current position as head of the Nuclear Generation Division at NEI in March 2003. In November 2008, he was named acting president and chief executive officer. Fertel is responsible for leading NEI’s programs related to ensuring an effective and safety-focused regulatory process. He also directs industrywide efforts to ensure adequate security is provided at nuclear power plants and addresses generic technical issues related to commercial nuclear facilities. He is responsible for programmatic activities that support the development of new commercial nuclear projects. He oversees NEI’s activities related to the management of used nuclear fuel, including achieving success in the U.S. government’s program for the storage and ultimate disposal of used nuclear fuel.
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Richard Kolodziej is president of the NGVAmerica (formerly the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition) — a national organization dedicated to the development of a growing, sustainable and profitable market for vehicles powered by natural gas and biomethane.
Barry K. Worthington serves as the Executive Director of the United States Energy Association (USEA) where he directs the Association’s domestic and international activities. He has served in this capacity since September 1988. Previously, he served as a Vice President of the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation and prior to that served in several capacities with Houston Lighting & Power Company, now known as Center Point.
Thomas R. Kuhn
Thomas Kuhn is President of the Edison Electric Institute. Mr. Kuhn joined the Institute in 1985 as Executive Vice President, was named Chief Operating Officer in 1988, and elected President in 1990.
Donald F. Santa, Jr. is the President and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA). He served as majority counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 1989-1993, where he worked on enactment of the Natural Gas Wellhead Decontrol Act of 1989 and the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Mr. Santa was nominated in 1993 be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he served until 1997.
Mr. Quinn was named president and CEO of the National Mining Association in September after having headed up the association’s legal and regulatory affairs department since the group was formed in 1995. He is a graduate of Denison University and the law school at Wake Forest University.
Lisa V Wood
Lisa V. Wood is the Executive Director of the Institute for Electric Efficiency. Ms. Wood joined IEE after more than two decades of consulting experience with electric utilities on a range of retail issues. She has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Linda Rozett is the Vice President of Communcations for American Petroleum Institute. Ms. Rozett joined API after several years running her own media consultancy firm. Previously, she has served as communications director for the Friends of Fred Thompson organization, and as senior vice president of communications for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Kraig R. Naasz is the president and chief executive officer of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI). Prior to AFFI, Kraig led the National Mining Association, The Fertilizer Institute and the U.S. Apple Association.
Lori Traweek is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officers of American Gas Association. Prior to her current responsibilites at the AGA, she was integrally involved in pipeline safety and environmental advocacy and she participated in the launch of the Common Ground Alliance.
Updates are distributed bimonthly to NEF partners and industry professionals. Other newsletters are developed on a project basis.
News about NEF programs, partnerships, materials and other activities as reported through news releases.
Energy Wise Awards
Awards presented to NEF in April
Citizens Energy Group Poster Contest
NEF Welcomes New Board Members
NEF Moves Its Headquarters
National Energy Foundation marks 10 years of Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) Challenge competition
Utah’s “Solar For Schools” Program Is Bringing New Light to Education
NYSERDA Offers Professional Development Workshops on Energy and Sustainability for K-12 Educators
New York Named a Leading State for Energy Efficiency by Center for American Progress
Awards given to employees for their efforts in the Think! Energy Utah Employee Partnership
EM Magazine Features Think! Energy (click for article)
Donald Santa Named National Energy Foundation Board Chair
Utah Governor’s Quality Growth Award
American Coal Council Excellence Award
Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining Earth Day Award
IESTA (Idaho Earth Science Teachers Association) Outstanding Supporter of Earth Science Education Award, shared recognition of partnership efforts with the Idaho Mining Association (IMA)
NERO Public Education Award, National Energy Resources Organization (NERO)
Recognition and Appreciation for Support and Partnershipping, Davis County School District, Utah
CAEE Award for Excellence, Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
Spirit of the Land Award for Excellence in Environmental Education Around the World, Salt Lake Olympic Committee
Environmental Education Program of the Year Award, The Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE)
Achievement Award for the Unique Contribution of the Envision Your Future Project, The American Planning Association (APA) – Utah Chapter
Energy Champion for Energy Education in Utah, The Association of Professional Energy Managers (APEM)
Special Award for 25 Years of Service to Education, United States Energy Association (USEA)
Annual Education Award, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (OIGCC)
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National Energy Foundation offers a variety programs. Each of these customizable programs has their own unique goal but share the common mission of NEF. NEF prides itself on its ability to deliver quality programs for any partner uniquely tailored to meet their specific goals.
NEF has become a national leader in forming “partnerships” in behalf of teachers, students, and the education community with a wide variety of businesses, associations, educational institutions, and government agencies.
Energy and natural resources directly impact our environment, our nation, and the world. It is important that the population, especially teachers and students, be educated about the social, economic, political, technological and scientific implications of energy, natural resources, and environmental choices.
PROGRAM AND CUSTOM MATERIAL PARTNERS
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More than 300 public and private electric and water utility companies and over 100 natural gas utility companies purchase NEF programs, materials, courses, and services.
NEF sponsors also include state energy offices, private businesses, public and private schools, school districts, universities and individual teachers. For a list of references, please contact NEF.
NEF has over 30 years of service to the education community and the organizations, businesses, government agencies, associations, schools, teachers and students we work with.
For more than three decades, NEF has developed a multitude of unique programs, materials, and services and is committed to continuing our steady development and improvement process.
We recognize much of our work is a process of learning-by-doing. This approach has helped NEF continually improve and progress. We are dedicated to striving for perfection and doing the best in all we do.
If you are interested in further collaboration or sponsorship of NEF programs or materials, please don’t hesitate in contacting a member of the NEF team.
Alaska Resource Education, formerly AMEREF, is a partnership between the State of Alaska Department of Education and private industry. Alaska Resource Education’s mission is to educate students about Alaska’s natural resources.
Formed in March 2006, the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is a non-profit consortium of electric natural gas and nuclear utilities and their associations – Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. CEWD was formed to help utilities work together to develop solutions to the coming workforce shortage in the utility industry. It is the first partnership between utilities, their associations, contractors and unions to focus on the need to build a skilled workforce pipeline that will meet future industry needs.
CEWD is teaming with secondary and post secondary educational institutions and the workforce system to create workable solutions to address the need for a qualified, diverse workforce. CEWD has established a partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The large contingent of the utility workforce that is represented by the union and the apprenticeship programs that train them are a critical element is the industry solution to workforce issues.
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Founded more than 100 years ago, Citizens Gas safely delivers natural gas to more than 266,000 residential and commercial customers in the Indianapolis area. Citizens Gas also operates natural gas storage and pipeline facilities in Central Indiana to ensure their customers have natural gas whenever they need it.
Commonwealth Edison Company, perhaps better known as ComEd, is an energy delivery company unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. Exelon is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, with approximately 5.4 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across Northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.
Consumers Energy is one of the nation’s largest combination utilities, providing electric and natural gas service to nearly 6.5 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents, in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
Their largest operating subsidiaries are Detroit Edison and MichCon. Together, these regulated utility companies provide electric and/or gas services to more than three million residential, business and industrial customers throughout Michigan.
Duke is one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplying and delivering energy to approximately 4 million U.S. customers. Duke has approximately 35,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas and the Midwest, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky.
Efficiency United consists of eighteen Michigan utility providers offering the following energy conservation and optimization services (in accordance with Michigan Public Act 295): Innovative energy efficiency programs, outstanding customer service (including two customer call center locations in Michigan), robust educational tools (including online residential energy audits), and retail and contractor partnerships.
Georgia Power is a utility that serves 2.35 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. The largest of four electric utilities that make up Southern Company, Georgia Power has been providing electricity to Georgia for more than a century.
Gulf Power is a utility that serves 428,154 customers in 71 towns and communities throughout Northwest Florida. Gulf Power’s service territory spans the area from the Alabama border on the west to the Apalachicola River on the east; from the Alabama border on the north to the Gulf of Mexico on the south.
The Idaho Mining Association (IMA) was set up in 1903 to support the interests of the state’s mining and mineral production industry. IMA is actively involved on environmental, land reclamation, water quality, transportation and tax issues. Today, the association has more than 50 members who work to keep mining a strong and responsible industry throughout Idaho.
Murray City Power is a publicly owned, municipal electric utility serving 16,500 customers. The utility was created in 1913 when the community sought affordable—and more reliable—electricity, along with local control over a vital service.
The Indiana Office of Energy & Defense Development (OED) was established to shepherd the state’s energy plan. Realizing that sound energy policy has a significant impact on economic development, OED guides efforts to find homegrown energy solutions for our nation’s armed forces, as well as assisting and promoting economic development in Indiana in the defense and energy industries.
Employs more than 2,100 employes and delivers electricity to 1.4 million customers in 29 Pennsylvania counties. PPL Electric has 39,790 miles of transmission and distribution lines, one million poles and towers and maintains nearly 50,000 miles of power lines, or enough to circle the globe twice.
Rocky Mountain Power is a leading electric utility in the western United States. One of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the U.S., Rocky Mountain Power provides one million customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho with safe, reliable, efficient energy. In addition, it is the number two utility owner of renewable, wind-generated electricity in the U.S.
Southwest Gas Corporation is principally engaged in the business of purchasing, distributing and transporting natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers in the southwestern United States.
Southwest has approximately 2,300 employees who serve more than 1.8 million customers in Arizona, Nevada and portions of California.
UGI Utilities, Inc. is a natural gas and electric utility committed to delivering reliable, safe and affordable energy to their 630,000 customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania and 1 county in Maryland.
Utah Municipal Power Agency (UMPA) is a consumer owned corporation, established in 1980 with a mission to: “develop a reliable and economic power supply program to meet all the required electric power and energy needs of its member municipalities”. UMPA’s members consist of the Utah municipalities of: Levan, Manti, Nephi, Provo, Salem and Spanish Fork.
The Utah Mining Association (UMA), established in 1915, helps to promote and protect the mining industry. UMA provides its members with full-time professional industry representation before the State Legislature; various government regulatory agencies on the federal, state and local levels; other associations, and business and industry groups.
Vectren Corporation is an energy holding company headquartered in Evansville, Ind. Vectren’s wholly owned subsidiary, Vectren Utility Holdings, Inc., serves as the intermediate holding company for three operating utilities: Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana – North (Vectren North), Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana – South (Vectren South) and Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (VEDO).
With support from many of the nation’s natural gas utilities, the NEF Academy for Natural Gas Education provides free instructional materials to teachers. These materials are related to natural gas safety, energy sources, energy conservation, transportation and other topics.
Arakansas Oklahoma Gas
Columbia Gas of Ohio
Columbus Gas of Kentucky
Ohio Gas Company
Columbia Gas of Virginia