The United States energy industry is undergoing
tremendous, unprecedented change. So too, is our leading
energy education organization – The National Energy
Foundation (NEF). I was honored to have been selected to
Chair the Board of Directors in 2016 for a two-year
term. This is my second time to Chair the Board, having
done so about 6 years ago.
Our nation has moved from an era of energy scarcity to
an era of energy abundance. This transformation roughly
matches the forty-year history of NEF and its
predecessor organizations. In the mid 1970’s, our nation
was the target of two oil embargoes and we witnessed
dramatic increases in energy prices. We were convinced
that the United States was running out of petroleum and
natural gas. Policymakers took actions that affected
every American. Our eyes became wide open as citizens.
We realized that we had taken availability of cheap,
reliable and secure energy supplies for granted. We were
so uninformed as a nation of what our energy future
would be, or could be, and what our energy choices were.
The National Energy Foundation began the never-ending
process of educating school children – future voters and
consumers, about the energy realities that they, as
individuals and we collective as a nation faced. Today,
NEF continues this task with significant support from
the energy industry.
And as the industry changes to deal with evolving
realities, so has NEF. As a country, we are blessed to
be in an era of energy abundance. We have been
transformed by a domestic energy revolution. Today,
America has abundant supplies of petroleum, natural gas,
coal and renewable energy of every variety. We are
living in a world here of increasing abundant,
affordable, secure and clean energy resources.
Similarly, NEF is now a financially secure non-profit
educational organization with a dazzling array of
effective programs for students, teachers,
administrators and increasingly families. The staff has
successfully navigated a dramatic leadership transition.
Elissa Richards will complete her second year as NEF
President. She is ably supported by Senior Vice
Presidents comprised of the leadership team of Gary
Swan, Anne Lowe and Wayne Bonner. Elissa’s team has
built a superb staff that daily illustrates its
NEF is well positioned to support needed, growingly
important energy literacy among our citizens by focusing
on students and teachers. They will continue to reap the
dividends of forty years of investments in our
children’s energy future.
I hope you will find this year’s annual report of the
National Energy Foundation interesting and informative.
And please join me in thanking Elissa Richards for
another successful year by her, her executive team and
her wonderful staff.