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Moniz says efficiency, appliance standards will be among his early priorities at DOE

From the May 23, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published May 23, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson

Ernest Moniz, who was sworn in on May 21 as secretary of energy, has lost no time outlining his immediate priorities, SNL Financial reports. Three hours into his term as head of the Department of Energy, he said he wants DOE to focus on energy efficiency, appliance standards and fuel economy issues, SNL reported.

Energy efficiency "is going to be a big focus as we go forward," he said in his inaugural speech to the Energy Efficiency Global Forum in Washington, D.C. He said DOE backs the goals of the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency measure pending in the House (H.R. 1616) and Senate (S. 761). APPA supports the Shaheen-Portman bill.

He noted that there is "a backlog of appliance standards," saying he would devote attention to this logjam "very early on."

Fuel economy also is important, he said, citing "efficiency, alternative fuels, electrification, different transportation paradigms" as ways of reducing U.S. reliance on oil.

The new energy secretary also said he would review studies on the potential economic impacts of LNG (liquified natural gas) exports.

On May 16, Moniz was confirmed unanimously by the Senate for his new job. Prior to his appointment, Moniz was a professor of physics and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he had been a faculty member since 1973. He headed the department of physics and the Bates Linear Accelerator Center at MIT and was the founding director of the MIT Energy Initiative and director of the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. During the Clinton administration, Moniz was undersecretary of energy and associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology.

President Obama called Moniz "a world-class scientist with expertise in a range of energy sources" and added, "He also shares my conviction that the United States must lead the world in developing more sustainable sources of energy that create new jobs and new industries, and in responding to the threat of global climate change."


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