Distinguished Associates

In addition to the expertise of the principals and core analytical staff, EFI draws on the experience of an exceptional cadre of Distinguished Associates on a project-specific basis -- an economically efficient way to tackle energy challenges. These Associates have deep experience and expertise in renewable energy and energy efficiency technology development; Carbon capture, Utilization and Storage technologies (CCUS); nuclear power and waste; urban planning and smart cities; energy and national security; electric utilities; electricity regulation and markets; energy economics; energy investment; climate change; and energy diplomacy.

EFI’s Distinguished Associates also have relationships with an extensive network of stakeholders in industry, labor, government (U.S. and international), academia and finance. 

Peter Fox-Penner

Ellen D. Williams

   Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Department of Energy, (2014- Jan. 2017).  Distinguished University Professor at University of Maryland, Department of Physics and Institute for Physical Scientist and Technology.  Former Chief Scientist of BP International Ltd.  Founding Director of the University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Energy Center.  Recognized expert in the fields of Surface Science and Nanoscience.  Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; Foreign member of the Royal Society (London).     Read full bio .

Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Department of Energy, (2014- Jan. 2017).

Distinguished University Professor at University of Maryland, Department of Physics and Institute for Physical Scientist and Technology.

Former Chief Scientist of BP International Ltd.

Founding Director of the University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Energy Center.

Recognized expert in the fields of Surface Science and Nanoscience.

Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; Foreign member of the Royal Society (London).

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   Professor of Practice in the Questrom School of Business and the Director of Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy.  Expertise in electric power strategy, regulation, and governance; energy and climate policy; and the relationships between public and private economic activity, including corporate social responsibility.  Author of  Smart Power , a book widely credited with foreseeing the future transformation of the power industry.  Senior Policy Scholar at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.   Read full bio .

Professor of Practice in the Questrom School of Business and the Director of Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy.

Expertise in electric power strategy, regulation, and governance; energy and climate policy; and the relationships between public and private economic activity, including corporate social responsibility.

Author of Smart Power, a book widely credited with foreseeing the future transformation of the power industry.

Senior Policy Scholar at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.

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Jacob Worenklein

Kathleen Peroff

   President, Peroff and Associates, (2013-Present).  Contributor, report of the Commission To Review The Effectiveness of The National Energy Laboratories, (2015 - Present).  Member, Panel of the National Academy of Public Administration and the National Academy of Science to Track and Assess Government and Management Reform in the Nuclear Security Enterprise.  Deputy Associate Director, National Security, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), (2000-2013).  Deputy Associate director, Energy, Space, Science, OMB (1992-2000).   Read full bio .

President, Peroff and Associates, (2013-Present).

Contributor, report of the Commission To Review The Effectiveness of The National Energy Laboratories, (2015 - Present).

Member, Panel of the National Academy of Public Administration and the National Academy of Science to Track and Assess Government and Management Reform in the Nuclear Security Enterprise.

Deputy Associate Director, National Security, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), (2000-2013).

Deputy Associate director, Energy, Space, Science, OMB (1992-2000).

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   Chairman and CEO of US Grid.  Chairman of Ravenswood Power Holdings.  Chairman of The interfaith Alliance.  Former Global Head of the Energy, Power and Infrastructure groups at Societe Generale, (1996-2003).   Read full bio .

Chairman and CEO of US Grid.

Chairman of Ravenswood Power Holdings.

Chairman of The interfaith Alliance.

Former Global Head of the Energy, Power and Infrastructure groups at Societe Generale, (1996-2003).

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Carmine Difiglio

Michael Greenstone

   Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College, and Director of the Energy Policy Institute, University of Chicago.  Chief Economist for President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers (2009-2010).  Director, Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.  Former 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT.   Read full bio .

Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College, and Director of the Energy Policy Institute, University of Chicago.

Chief Economist for President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers (2009-2010).

Director, Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.

Former 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT.

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   Director of the Istanbul International Center for Energy and Climate (IICEC, Sabanci University).  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy.  Head of Technology Policy, International Energy Agency.  Publications include wide variety of modeling and policy assessments concerning energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, motor-vehicle fuel economy, international oil markets and energy security.  Founder of the  Energy Technology Perspectives  project, 2001.     Read full bio .

Director of the Istanbul International Center for Energy and Climate (IICEC, Sabanci University).

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Head of Technology Policy, International Energy Agency.

Publications include wide variety of modeling and policy assessments concerning energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, motor-vehicle fuel economy, international oil markets and energy security.

Founder of the Energy Technology Perspectives project, 2001.

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Martin C. Wilhelm 

David Heyman

   Co-founder of Smart City Works, a next-generation business accelerator focusing on infrastructure technologies for urban living.  Assistant Secretary for policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, (2009-2014).  Founding Director of the Homeland Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).     Read full bio .

Co-founder of Smart City Works, a next-generation business accelerator focusing on infrastructure technologies for urban living.

Assistant Secretary for policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, (2009-2014).

Founding Director of the Homeland Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

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     Managing Partner, Geopolis Energy Partners  Corporate and policy advisory roles with focus on opportunities embedded in radical uncertainty in global energy markets, technology innovation and geopolitics  Steering Committee Member, Atlantik-Brücke; transatlantic dialogue on climate, energy, innovation, security, foreign and trade policy  Leader of energy industry part of post-9/11 ‘Competitiveness and Security Initiative’, Council on Competitiveness  Managing Partner, M.C.Wilhelm Associates; development of software infrastructure for energy trading, portfolio management and risk controlling in energy utilities       Read full bio .

Managing Partner, Geopolis Energy Partners

Corporate and policy advisory roles with focus on opportunities embedded in radical uncertainty in global energy markets, technology innovation and geopolitics

Steering Committee Member, Atlantik-Brücke; transatlantic dialogue on climate, energy, innovation, security, foreign and trade policy

Leader of energy industry part of post-9/11 ‘Competitiveness and Security Initiative’, Council on Competitiveness

Managing Partner, M.C.Wilhelm Associates; development of software infrastructure for energy trading, portfolio management and risk controlling in energy utilities

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David Goldwyn

David Foster

 Senior Advisor for Industrial and Economic Policy, U.S. Department of Energy, (2014-2017).  Founding Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance, (2006-2014).  Director, District #11, United Steelworkers, (1989-2006).  Board Member, Kaiser Aluminum, (2009-present).   Read full bio .

Senior Advisor for Industrial and Economic Policy, U.S. Department of Energy, (2014-2017).

Founding Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance, (2006-2014).

Director, District #11, United Steelworkers, (1989-2006).

Board Member, Kaiser Aluminum, (2009-present).

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   President, Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC.  Chairman, Atlantic Council Energy Advisory Board.  U.S. State Department Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs (2009-2011).  Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs and Counselor to the Secretary of Energy (1998-2001).  National Security Council deputy to UN Ambassador Bill Richardson (1997-98).     Read full bio  |  See Publications

President, Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC.

Chairman, Atlantic Council Energy Advisory Board.

U.S. State Department Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs (2009-2011).

Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs and Counselor to the Secretary of Energy (1998-2001).

National Security Council deputy to UN Ambassador Bill Richardson (1997-98).

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Van Romero

Jan Mares

   Senior Policy Advisor, Resources for the Future.  Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Department of Energy, (1981-1983).  DOE Assistant Secretary for Policy Safety and Environment (1983-1984).  DOE Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Energy Emergencies (1984-1985).  Six months DOE Acting Under Secretary (1992).     Read full bio .

Senior Policy Advisor, Resources for the Future.

Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Department of Energy, (1981-1983).

DOE Assistant Secretary for Policy Safety and Environment (1983-1984).

DOE Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Energy Emergencies (1984-1985).

Six months DOE Acting Under Secretary (1992).

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   Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech).  Explosives expert and former director of the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center.  Principal Investigator for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory.  Previously a researcher at Sandia National Laboratories, where he conducted work in medical radioisotopes.   Read full bio .

Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech).

Explosives expert and former director of the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center.

Principal Investigator for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory.

Previously a researcher at Sandia National Laboratories, where he conducted work in medical radioisotopes.

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Howard Herzog

   Senior research engineer in the MIT Energy Initiative.  Co-author on the MIT Future of Coal Study (2007), and a US delegate to the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum's Technical Group (2003-2007).  Previous industrial experience with Eastman Kodak (1972-1974), Stone & Webster (1975- 1978), Aspen Technology (1981-1986), and Spectra Physics (1986-1988).  Awarded the 2010 Greenman Award “in recognition of contributions made to the development of greenhouse gas control technologies.”   Read full bio .

Senior research engineer in the MIT Energy Initiative.

Co-author on the MIT Future of Coal Study (2007), and a US delegate to the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum's Technical Group (2003-2007).

Previous industrial experience with Eastman Kodak (1972-1974), Stone & Webster (1975- 1978), Aspen Technology (1981-1986), and Spectra Physics (1986-1988).

Awarded the 2010 Greenman Award “in recognition of contributions made to the development of greenhouse gas control technologies.”

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David O. Jermain

   Adjunct Professor at Boston University in the City Planning and Urban Affairs program.  Advises energy sector companies on strategy design and assists investors in evaluating transactions, focusing on new technology opportunities.  Has managed large-scale projects in wholesale electricity market design and development in Russia, India, and South America, as well as advising on market issues in Australia and the U.K.  Project-managed filing to FERC that established the California Independent System Operator and the California Power Exchange (CalPX).   Read full bio .

Adjunct Professor at Boston University in the City Planning and Urban Affairs program.

Advises energy sector companies on strategy design and assists investors in evaluating transactions, focusing on new technology opportunities.

Has managed large-scale projects in wholesale electricity market design and development in Russia, India, and South America, as well as advising on market issues in Australia and the U.K.

Project-managed filing to FERC that established the California Independent System Operator and the California Power Exchange (CalPX).

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger

John Wall

   Advisor for the DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute and Co-Optima Program, the Cyclotron Road energy incubator at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, with the National Academies, and as Chair of the Cummins Science and Technology Council.  Former Chief Technical Officer of Cummins Inc.   Read full bio .

Advisor for the DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute and Co-Optima Program, the Cyclotron Road energy incubator at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, with the National Academies, and as Chair of the Cummins Science and Technology Council.

Former Chief Technical Officer of Cummins Inc.

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   Visiting Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.  Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School, London.  Former innovation and technical strategy specialist, IBM (1970-2007)  Former Strategic Advisor, Citigroup (2002-2014).   Read full bio .

Visiting Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School, London.

Former innovation and technical strategy specialist, IBM (1970-2007)

Former Strategic Advisor, Citigroup (2002-2014).

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Michael Knotek

Jonathan Elkind

   Researcher and author at Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, focusing on international clean energy transition.  Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at US Department of Energy, with responsibility for creating and sustaining international collaborations on energy security, clean energy deployment, and energy innovation. Vice Chair of the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency (2009-2017).  Private energy consultant (2001-2009).  Clinton Administration National Security Council staff member (1998-2001) and member of Vice President Gore’s National Security Affairs team (1996-1998).   Read full bio

Researcher and author at Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, focusing on international clean energy transition.

Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at US Department of Energy, with responsibility for creating and sustaining international collaborations on energy security, clean energy deployment, and energy innovation. Vice Chair of the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency (2009-2017).

Private energy consultant (2001-2009).

Clinton Administration National Security Council staff member (1998-2001) and member of Vice President Gore’s National Security Affairs team (1996-1998).

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     Physicist with more than 50 years of research and management experience.  Deputy Undersecretary for Science and Energy at the Department of Energy, (2013-2015).  Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (1998-1999).   Read full bio .

Physicist with more than 50 years of research and management experience.

Deputy Undersecretary for Science and Energy at the Department of Energy, (2013-2015).

Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (1998-1999).

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Kevin Knobloch

Francis O'Sullivan

 Director of Research at the MIT Energy Initiative.  Senior lecturer at the Sloan School of Management.  Former Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy.  Senior Non-Resident Associate at the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.   Read full bio .

Director of Research at the MIT Energy Initiative.

Senior lecturer at the Sloan School of Management.

Former Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Senior Non-Resident Associate at the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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   Former chief of staff, U.S. Department of Energy (2013-2017).  Senior research associate at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  Advisory Council member, Marstel-Day LLC.   Read full bio .

Former chief of staff, U.S. Department of Energy (2013-2017).

Senior research associate at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Advisory Council member, Marstel-Day LLC.

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Dan Reicher

Julio Friedmann

 Senior Advisor for Energy Innovation, Lawrence Livermore National Lab (3/2016-present)  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy. (11/2013-3/2016) Served as the Obama Administration's expert on CCS and Carbon Management, and led and managed $600 million R&D program focused on reducing fossil energy environmental impacts (11/2013-3/2016)  Chief Energy Technologist, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. LLNL's energy and clean tech expert across a broad portfolio, including conventional and unconventional oil and gas, CCUS, renewable integration, smart grid, and geothermal energy. (12/2003-10/2013)  Research Faculty, Dept of Earth Science, University of Maryland (1/2001-12/2003)  Senior Research Associate, Upstream Research Company, ExxonMobil (12/1995-1/2001)   Read full bio .

Senior Advisor for Energy Innovation, Lawrence Livermore National Lab (3/2016-present)

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy. (11/2013-3/2016) Served as the Obama Administration's expert on CCS and Carbon Management, and led and managed $600 million R&D program focused on reducing fossil energy environmental impacts (11/2013-3/2016)

Chief Energy Technologist, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. LLNL's energy and clean tech expert across a broad portfolio, including conventional and unconventional oil and gas, CCUS, renewable integration, smart grid, and geothermal energy. (12/2003-10/2013)

Research Faculty, Dept of Earth Science, University of Maryland (1/2001-12/2003)

Senior Research Associate, Upstream Research Company, ExxonMobil (12/1995-1/2001)

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 Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University.  Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, Google (2007-2011)  Previously President and Co-founder of New Energy Capital Corp., a private equity firm funded by the California State Teachers Retirement System and Vantage Point Venture Partners to invest in clean energy projects  Has served three Presidents including in the Clinton administration as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Department of Energy Chief of Staff, as a member of President Obama’s Transition, and as a staff member of President Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island  Member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, a senior fellow (non-resident) of the Brookings Institution, and board chair of the American   Read full bio .

Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University.

Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, Google (2007-2011)

Previously President and Co-founder of New Energy Capital Corp., a private equity firm funded by the California State Teachers Retirement System and Vantage Point Venture Partners to invest in clean energy projects

Has served three Presidents including in the Clinton administration as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Department of Energy Chief of Staff, as a member of President Obama’s Transition, and as a staff member of President Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island

Member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, a senior fellow (non-resident) of the Brookings Institution, and board chair of the American

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Ronald E. Minsk

 Fellow at the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University in New York and a consultant in Washington, DC.  Special Assistant to President Obama for Energy and Environment at the White House's National Economic Council.  Senior Fellow and Senior Vice President for Policy at Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE).  Director to the National Economic Council and Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, 1998-2001.Contributing author of  A National Strategy for Energy Security , a blueprint for reducing the U.S. dependence on oil and the  Electrification Roadmap .     Read full bio .

Fellow at the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University in New York and a consultant in Washington, DC.

Special Assistant to President Obama for Energy and Environment at the White House's National Economic Council.

Senior Fellow and Senior Vice President for Policy at Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE).

Director to the National Economic Council and Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, 1998-2001.Contributing author of A National Strategy for Energy Security, a blueprint for reducing the U.S. dependence on oil and the Electrification Roadmap.

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Howard Gruenspecht

 Senior Energy Economist, MIT Energy Initiative  Deputy Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration  Resident Scholar, Resources for the Future  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Environmental Policy, Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Energy  Senior Staff Economist, Council of Economic Advisers  Economic Adviser to the Chairman, U.S. International Trade Commission  Faculty, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University  Assistant Director, Economics and Business, White House Domestic Policy Staff   Read full bio .

Senior Energy Economist, MIT Energy Initiative

Deputy Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration

Resident Scholar, Resources for the Future

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Environmental Policy, Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Energy

Senior Staff Economist, Council of Economic Advisers

Economic Adviser to the Chairman, U.S. International Trade Commission

Faculty, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Assistant Director, Economics and Business, White House Domestic Policy Staff

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Alison Silverstein

Michael E. Webber

 Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.  Authored more than 400 scientific articles, columns, books, and book chapters, including op-eds in the New York Times and features in Scientific American.  Served in many distinguished advisory and regulatory positions for industry, government, and non-profits.   Read full bio.

Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Authored more than 400 scientific articles, columns, books, and book chapters, including op-eds in the New York Times and features in Scientific American.

Served in many distinguished advisory and regulatory positions for industry, government, and non-profits.

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 Independent consultant, strategist and writer on electric transmission and reliability, energy efficiency and technology adoption issues.  Organized and wrote the 2017 Staff Report on Electric Markets and Reliability at the Department of Energy.  Co-authored the 2015 National Transmission Congestion Study at the Department of Energy.  Project manager at the North American Synchrophasor Initiative.    Read full bio.

Independent consultant, strategist and writer on electric transmission and reliability, energy efficiency and technology adoption issues.

Organized and wrote the 2017 Staff Report on Electric Markets and Reliability at the Department of Energy.

Co-authored the 2015 National Transmission Congestion Study at the Department of Energy.

Project manager at the North American Synchrophasor Initiative.

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