WASHINGTON—Four new members will be joining the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP), a bipartisan group of energy experts from industry, government, labor, academia, and environmental and consumer groups, the group announced today. The new Commissioners are:
Robert E. Grady, Managing Partner, Carlyle Venture Partners, The Carlyle Group; former Executive Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget;
Frank Keating, CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers; former Governor of Oklahoma;
Richard A. Meserve, President of the Carnegie Institution; Senior Of Counsel at Covington & Burling; former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission;
Richard L. Schmalensee, Professor of Economics and Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the John C Head III Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management.
"We are pleased to have such distinguished and diverse members join the group," said John Holdren, Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard University and NCEP co-chair. "With their help, the Commission will continue its leadership role in advocating key policy recommendations, especially those involving oil security, climate change, and energy infrastructure and technology."
In December 2004, NCEP released a consensus energy strategy, more than two years in the making, to address major long-term U.S. energy challenges. The report, "Ending the Energy Stalemate: A Bipartisan Strategy to Meet America's Energy Challenges," contains detailed policy recommendations for addressing oil security, climate change, natural gas supply, the future of nuclear energy, and other long-term issues. Many of these recommendations were included in the 2005 Energy Policy Act which became law in August.
"The 2005 energy bill was vitally necessary, but not sufficient, to address America's long-term energy challenges," said William K. Reilly, former EPA Administrator and NCEP co-chair. "In just the past year, events like Hurricane Katrina have highlighted vulnerabilities in oil security and energy infrastructure even as increasingly clear scientific findings underscored the need for decisive action on climate change and new technology development."
The Commission also announced the addition of several key advisors. Former Commissioner Linda Stuntz, Deputy Secretary of Energy from 1989-1993, will become Strategic Advisor to the Commission. David Conover, former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy and International Affairs at the Department of Energy, becomes co-Counsel to the Commission. Eric Washburn, former Legislative Director to ex-Senate Leader Tom Daschle, has joined the Commission in the role of co-Counsel.
"America is beginning to awaken to some of our biggest energy problems. The question is will we adopt sensible policies to deal with them," said John W. Rowe, Commission co-chair and Chairman and CEO of Exelon Corp. "Not surprisingly, Congress, the States and the Administration are all continuing to focus on key issues for the Commission. We believe the Commission can be of continuing value to those efforts."
"In working with Congress and others on the Energy Policy Act last year, we heard time and again how important it was to have a bipartisan organization to turn to for practical policy initiatives and technical expertise," said Jason Grumet, NCEP Executive Director. "In the coming year, the Commission intends to devote significant attention to the challenge of siting new energy infrastructure."
The Commission also announced the launch of its new website, www.energycommission.org, designed to allow easier access to the Commission's policy recommendations, more than 40 original research studies, and information on NCEP-sponsored events and forums.
The members of the National Commission on Energy Policy are:
John P. Holdren
Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, Harvard University; Director of the Woods Hole Research Center
William K. Reilly
Founding Partner, Aqua International Partners; former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
John W. Rowe
Chairman and CEO, Exelon Corporation
Philip R. Sharp
President, Resources for the Future; former U.S. Representative, IN
Interim Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory�s Engineering Science and Technology Division
Senior Attorney and Co-Director, Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
State Senator, Texas
International President, United Steelworkers of America
Robert E. Grady
Managing Partner, Carlyle Venture Partners, The Carlyle Group; former Executive Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget
F. Henry Habicht
CEO, Global Environment and Technology Foundation; former Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers; former Governor of Oklahoma
Richard A. Meserve
President of the Carnegie Institution; former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Mario J. Molina
Professor, University of California, San Diego
Sharon L. Nelson
Chief, Consumer Protection Division, Washington Attorney's General Office; Chair, Board of Directors, Consumers Union
Richard L. Schmalensee
Professor of Economics and Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the John C Head III Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management
Managing Principal, The Analysis Group; former Assistant Secretary of Energy
R. James Woolsey
Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; former Director of Central Intelligence
Martin B. Zimmerman
Clinical Professor of Business, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Group Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Ford Motor Company (2001–2004)
The National Commission on Energy Policy was founded in 2002 by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and its partners, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Energy Foundation.