Statement by Secretary Granholm on President Biden’s appointment of Maria Robinson and Joseph DeCarolis


WASHINGTON DC – US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm today released the following statements on President Biden’s decision intention to appoint Maria Robinson for the Assistant Secretary in the Office of Electricity at the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Dr. Joseph DeCarolis for the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) at the DOE:

“I am grateful to President Biden for appointing Maria Robinson to the post of DOE Assistant Secretary in the Office of Electricity. The work of this office to expand and modernize our power grid, including our transmission system, is essential in helping us tackle the climate crisis and create a clean energy economy that works for everyone. Maria has led the charge for clean energy in Massachusetts, and her political intelligence and technical expertise will help us achieve President Biden’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035. I’m so happy that she wants to join the federal government and I look forward to her confirmation.

About Maria Robinson

Maria Duaime Robinson is serving her second term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives where she was elected the first Korean-American lawmaker in 2018. She heads the House side of the Clean Energy Caucus, serves as Massachusetts head of state at the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators where she sits on the board of directors, and is the only state legislator on the US EPA Clean Air Act advisory committee. Prior to her election, she led the Advanced Energy Economy wholesale markets program, including her engagement with FERC and regional transportation organizations. Previously, she focused on regulatory issues relating to energy and air, leading policy efforts in more than two dozen states across the country.

Earlier in her career, she was with Navigant Consulting in the practice of renewable energy and energy efficiency, working with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to analyze and recruit contractors for solar energy and energy efficiency projects in the statewide under the Recovery Act of 2009. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MA in Energy Law from the University of Tulsa. She is currently a lecturer at Tufts University’s School of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy and is a lifelong Girl Scout after winning her silver award.

Secretary Granholm also issued the following statement on President Biden’s decision intention to appoint Joseph DeCarolis for the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) at the US Department of Energy (DOE):

“I am delighted that President Biden has appointed Joseph DeCarolis to the post of trustee of the EIA. At a time of immense change and opportunity in our energy industry, the American people need timely, relevant, and accurate information about American energy more than ever. Joseph’s deep technical expertise and previous government services make him the ideal candidate for this role, and he will be instrumental in leading EIA’s new efforts to model the pathways of deep decarbonization in the United States. United. I am so happy that he is ready to serve the American people again and I look forward to his confirmation.

About Joseph DeCarolis

Joseph F. DeCarolis is a professor and academic researcher in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on energy issues at the intersection of engineering, economics and public policy. He leads the development of next-generation energy system modeling tools that are open source, transparent and designed to provide policy-relevant information. Dr DeCarolis is currently co-leading an ambitious open source modeling effort involving a large multi-institutional research team. He also leads an interdisciplinary faculty group at NC State focused on sustainable energy and has established a university-wide energy collaboration.

Prior to joining NC State, Dr DeCarolis was an environmental scientist in the Office of Research and Development of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where his research examined the impacts on the quality of the air of the future development of energy systems. He got his doctorate. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA from Clark University in Physics and Environmental Science and Policy.


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