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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