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A guide to the Energy Association’s standing committees

The EAP creates new committees to deal with important issues as they arise in the energy industry. However, the Association also maintains several standing committees which are continuously seeking progress and growth in their respective fields. Some of them are outlined below.The Accident Prevention Committee focuses on safety in consumer energy, including prevention, safe work environments, and resuscitation methods. It has a liaison with the government-run Occupational Safety and Health Administration.The Electric Legislative/Public Affairs Committee keeps EAP officials advised of the latest news and issues, whether political, economic, or social. With careful attention to research and investigation, the Committee advises the EAP on what actions to take to best deal with these new challenges.The Electric Transmission & Distribution Committee has a similar role, but focuses on the mechanics of energy distribution. Members advise changes to design, use, and operation of the transmission and distribution lines as needed, all in effort to keep the EAP in conjunction with industry best practices.With the rise of clean energy options in recent years, the Environmental Committee may be one of the most important standing committees. Members study the recent laws passed by federal, state, and local governments which have an impact on how the energy industry relates to the environment. After careful study, the committee speaks to both the government and the public on how these policies affect consumers and the industry. The committee is also responsible for maintaining the administration of environmental regulations.All of the electric committees also have analogues devoted to the gas industry. In addition, each industry also has a Regulatory Committee devoted to coordinating with government policies. With such a variety of organizations, it is easy to see how the EAP has kept up its reputation in the current energy industry.