State Policy Network

Energy Policy

SPN’s objective is to ensure that energy is reliable, secure, and affordable for all Americans.

Across the country, people are struggling with rising energy costs and concerns over what states will do when disasters strike our vital energy sources. Leadership from the states will ensure that everyone has reliable, secure, affordable energy, that is as clean as possible.

Ben Wilterdink

Director of Policy Initiatives






Our Offerings

Working Group

We gather the leading state think tank experts, key partners, and SPN fellows to analyze the trends, opportunities, and challenges within the areas of healthcare, energy, education, and fiscal policy. These working groups help state think tanks connect with peers across the country, share policy ideas, and hear about best practices.

Policy Advising

Amy O. Cooke is SPN’s visiting Energy Policy Fellow. In this role she serves state think tanks by overseeing the Energy Policy Working Group, advising state think tanks on energy policy ideas, and connecting state think tanks to energy policy experts across the country.

State Solutions Grant Fund

Generous donors seeking to invest in policy reforms in the states contribute to SPN’s State Solutions Grant Funds. These funds support state think tank issue campaigns that pursue opportunities identified in the policy working group. Invitation to issue campaign grants is determined by available funds and donor intent.

Criteria for Acceptance

Participation in the working group is voluntary. Invitation to the working group is determined by the policy priorities SPN members indicate in the Membership Renewal Survey and SPN staff capacity constraints. We continue to expand our working group capacity to incorporate more members.

Invitation to issue State Solutions campaign grants is determined by available funds and donor intent.