Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation in the United States (Webinar)

30 June 2016

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Presentation—U.S. Department of Energy: Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation in the United States

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the United States Department of Energy (DOE), hosted this webinar on accelerating clean energy innovation in the United States. The webinar began with a brief overview of the Mission Innovation (MI) initiative, which aims to achieve clean energy technology performance breakthroughs and cost reductions. The 21 governments participating in MI represent well over 80% of global public investment in clean energy research and development (R&D). Each government pledges to seek to double its clean energy innovation budget over the next five years.

In the webinar, U.S. officials describes key policies and programs aimed at accelerating clean energy innovation in the United States, including innovative models of government-industry collaboration in transitioning new technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace. The speakers’ presentation highlighted, among other efforts, ARPA-E and the Clean Energy Investment Center.

Presentations were be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.


David TurkDavid Turk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology, U.S. Department of Energy

Dave Turk is Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this role, Mr. Turk helps to coordinate the Department's international climate change and clean energy efforts. He has previously served as Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, where he focused on a range of bilateral and multilateral partnerships to combat climate change. Mr. Turk was also a former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and the Senior Director for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council. In addition, Mr. Turk formerly worked for Senator Kent Conrad, Senator Joe Biden, and Chairman Henry Waxman in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

Joseph HezirJoseph Hezir, Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Department of Energy

Joseph Hezir was confirmed by the Senate on December 4, 2014 as the Department of Energy’s Chief Financial Officer.

As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Hezir will work to assure the effective management and financial integrity of Department of Energy. He will help to implement and monitor Department-wide policies and systems in the areas of budget administration, program analysis and evaluation, finance and accounting, internal controls, corporate financial systems, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Mr. Hezir worked as a Research Engineer and Executive Director of The Future of Solar Energy Study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Initiative. He was the Vice President and Managing Partner of EOP Group, Inc. and Executive Vice President of EOP Education, LLC and EOP Foundation, Inc. Mr. Hezir also held various roles at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Exxon Research and Engineering Company, the President’s Reorganization Project, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and was an advisor to a number of public policy and public service organizations.

Mr. Hezir co-authored two books about government budget and regulation published by the EOP Foundation: Understanding the Budget of the United States Government and Understanding the Regulatory Policy of the United States Government. He also received the President’s Outstanding Federal Executive Award in 1989. Mr. Hezir attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. from the Heinz School of Public Policy

Franklin (Lynn) OrrFranklin (Lynn) Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Franklin (Lynn) M. Orr was sworn in as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy on December 17, 2014.

As the Under Secretary, Dr. Orr is the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on clean energy technologies and science and energy research initiatives. Dr. Orr is the inaugural Under Secretary for the office, which was created by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to closely integrate DOE’s basic science, applied research, technology development, and deployment efforts. As Under Secretary, he oversees DOE’s offices of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy, Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Nuclear Energy, and Science. In total, these programs steward the majority of DOE’s National Laboratories (13 of 17).

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Orr was the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor Emeritus in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 1985. He served as the founding director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University from 2009 to 2013. He was the founding director of the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project from 2002 to 2008, and he served as Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford from 1994 to 2002. He was head of the miscible flooding section at the New Mexico Petroleum Recovery Research Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology from 1978 to 1985, a research engineer at the Shell Development Company Bellaire Research Center from 1976 to 1978, and assistant to the director, Office of Federal Activities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1970 to 1972. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. from Stanford University, both in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Orr is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute from 1987 to 2014, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation from 1999 to 2008, for which he has also chaired the Science Advisory Panel for the Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering from 1988 to 2014. He served as a member of the 2008/09 National Research Council Committee on America’s Energy Future.

Sanjiv MalhotraSanjiv Malhotra, Director, Clean Energy Investment Center, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Sanjiv Malhotra serves as the Director of the Clean Energy Investment Center, located within the Office of Technology Transitions. The center was announced in 2015 as part of the Obama Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Initiative to advance private, mission-oriented investment in clean energy technologies that address the present gap in U.S. clean tech investment. The center helps enhance the availability of DOE’s resources to private sector investors and potential partners in the public.

As Director, Dr. Malhotra oversees the center that serves as a single point of contact for investors to access technical experts, acquire the latest reports on clean energy technology, and identify promising projects. He is also instrumental in supporting Mission Innovation, an initiative to dramatically accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation to address global climate change, provide affordable clean energy to consumers, including in the developing world, and create additional commercial opportunities in clean energy.

Dr. Malhotra brings extensive leadership and experience in sales and international business development, establishing public-private partnerships, managing and directing engineering and research programs at various stages of product development, and attracting private sector equity investments.

He joins the center after most recently serving as a consultant with the Department’s Fuel Cells Technologies Office. Previously, from 2005-2014, he served as the founder, President, and CEO of Oorja Protonics, a global leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of methanol fuel cells. During his time at the company, he attracted more than $32 million in investments from private sector equity firms, and he brought the company to profitability.

Over the course of his diverse career, he has been an advisor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, served as part of the executive management team at DCH Technology and H Power Corp, and worked as a researcher at DOE’s Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory.

Dr. Malhotra holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, and he holds a master’s degree in business administration and a doctoral degree in chemical and biochemical engineering from the University of Iowa.