The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA), needed experts in energy infrastructure to help conduct a complex analysis process. DOE was developing the first-year report on the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), a review of U.S. energy infrastructure and the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security, and sought input about the program and associated topics. This input was obtained through a series of public meetings on the QER, necessitating trained meeting facilitators with backgrounds in energy infrastructure. As several documents related to the QER were produced, the client also required technical writing and editing expertise.
Energetics was responsible for the success of all 15 QER public meetings. Responsibilities included helping develop the meeting agenda, reaching out to speakers, facilitating meetings, taking notes, providing all logistical support, and developing comprehensive meeting summaries. Our seamless support and expertise allowed EPSA staff to focus on critical meeting content and solicited input.
We supported the comment analysis effort through development and implementation of an analysis tool that:
- Tagged comments received through a public inbox and through statements made at public meetings by work streams and demographics work streams
- Provided insights and recommendations on each set of comments
- Sorted and displayed all the data for users of the tool
- Generated specific reports
The custom analysis tool provided senior management with an easy-to-read format for reviewing stakeholder perspectives.
Energetics was also engaged in various communications efforts to support the QER. We worked closely with EPSA staff to research and write papers related to oil and gas and edited various documents, often on a compressed timetable.