C3E 2012: Challenges and Opportunities for Energy Policy

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The MIT Energy Initiative and the US Department of Energy hosted an invitation-only Women in Clean Energy Symposium on September 28, 2012. This symposium – for leaders who have helped advance the careers of women in clean energy, academics, other experts in clean energy, and students who are studying clean energy disciplines – will help lay the foundation for a broader, continuing effort to enable and support the careers of women in clean energy.

Here you can see MITEI’s Director, Ernest Moniz moderate a panel discussing energy policy.  Kateri Callahan, President of Alliance to Save Energy; Mary Anne Sullivan, Partner at Hogan Lovells; Lisa Epifani, Partner at Van Ness Feldman; and Dian Grueneich, Principal at Dian Grueneich Consulting, LLC serve as panelists.

For more information about C3E and to view additional videos from this event, visit the C3E website.

About the Speakers


Ernest J. Moniz
MIT Energy Initiative

Prof. Ernest J. Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Director of the Energy Initiative, and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has served on the faculty since 1973. His principal research contributions have been in theoretical nuclear physics and in energy technology and policy studies, which is his current research focus.

Previously, Dr. Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy, where he had programmatic oversight responsibility for several offices. He also served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. He is a member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and of the DOE Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.

Dr. Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and honorary doctorates from the University of Athens, the University of Erlangen-Nurenburg, and Michigan State University.


Kateri Callahan
Alliance to Save Energy

Ms. Kateri Callahan brings more than 20 years of experience in policy advocacy, fundraising, coalition building, and organizational management to her position as the president of the Alliance to Save Energy. Serving as president of the Alliance since January 2003, she works with the Alliance Board of Directors, which includes Members of Congress, state and local officials and top corporate and NGO executives, to establish and oversee the core objectives and strategic plans for the organization, whose mission is to advance energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.

Ms. Callahan also serves on the Keystone Center Energy Board and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. She also serves on an advisory council to the periodical Better Homes and Gardens and to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 21st Century Energy Institute. In June 2009, Ms. Callahan was among the 23 inaugural inductees to the new Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame established by Johnson Controls Inc. and the United States Energy Association. Mary Anne Sullivan, Partner, Hogan Lovells.

Lisa Epifani
Van Ness Feldman , P.C.

Ms. Lisa Epifani advises a range of clients on energy and environmental matters, with a special focus on climate change strategy, oil and natural gas issues, nuclear policy, and financial regulations.  Her clients include industry coalitions, financial institutions, oil and gas pipelines, and think tanks.  Ms. Epifani’s thorough understanding of climate and energy policy combined with her political background provides clients with strategic solutions and thorough legal advice.

Before joining the firm in April 2009, Ms. Epifani was appointed Assistant Secretary at the Department of Energy (DOE) for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs by President George W. Bush.  During her tenure, she promoted the Administration’s energy policies and negotiated positions on appropriations and authorization bills, such as the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Ms. Epifani also served at the White House on the National Economic Council as a Special Assistant to the President.  Before her Administration tenure, she was a lead Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staffer for then-Chairman Domenici, and worked on key provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Dian Grueneich
Founder and Principal
Dian Grueneich Consulting, LLC

Ms. Dian Grueneich is the Founder and Principal at Dian Grueneich Consulting, LLC. In 2005, she was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission for a six-year term, where she was the lead commissioner on energy efficiency. She oversaw development of the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, which resulted in a three-year, $3.8 billion program. She also led California’s adoption of “decoupling plus” and net-zero energy building goals, and was a key participant in establishing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State Energy Efficiency Action Network.

She has received many awards including the Energy Efficiency Global Forum’s first Visionary Award for energy leadership and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s National Champion of Energy Efficiency Award. She is also a member of several committees and boards, the Leadership Council of the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Advisory Council of Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Institute and Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, the Global Cool Cities Alliance Board, and the Advanced Energy Economy Advisory Board.

Ms. Grueneich has a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and a JD from Georgetown University.