Energy Round Table with Melanie Kenderdine and Karen Wayland

Last summer, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a reorganization of the DOE’s management structure to help it achieve the department’s—and the president’s—key objectives, including the implementation of the Climate Action Plan. One area Secretary Moniz called out was the DOE’s energy policy and analysis capabilities, saying consolidation would enable the department to take a better systems approach to policy analysis. Thus, he created the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA) to deliver unbiased analysis of energy systems to the DOE’s leadership.

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Energy Round Table with Senator Lisa Murkowski

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski is the senior Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the ranking Republican of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee. She is a third-generation Alaskan and only the sixth U.S. senator to serve her state.

In February, Senator Murkowski released Energy 20/20: A Vision for America’s Energy Future, a blueprint for America’s energy and natural resources policy over the next few years. It advocates, among other goals, achieving independence from OPEC oil imports and the critical need to continue supporting energy research.

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Energy Round Table with Secretary Ernest Moniz

In a unanimous vote on May 16, the Senate confirmed Ernest Moniz as secretary of energy. A physicist who held an endowed chair at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Moniz has served on a number of boards of directors and commissions involving science, energy and security. These include President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. The new secretary joined the Energy Round Table to discuss nuclear waste disposal, federal-state collaboration, and the future of the Weatherization Assistance Program.

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Energy Round Table with Congressmen Paul Tonko and Ben Ray Luján

This spring, we are happy to welcome to the Energy Round Table two former state energy officials, U.S. Congressmen Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), both of whom joined the House Committee on Energy & Commerce this year. We are excited that a former member of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and a former member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), respectively, have joined the congressional committee responsible for energy policy.

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Energy Round Table with Senator Wyden


In each issue of State & Local Energy Report, we ask a prominent energy leader a handful of questions and publish the interview in this section. For our current issue we expanded that format to an Energy Round Table, bringing

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