Clean Energy: A View from “The Swamp”
The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and the Institute of Politics welcomes Kevin Knobloch, former President of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the U.S. DOE, who will share his thoughts on the past, present, and future of national clean energy policy.
This is Session 6 of the series Get Out in Front of the Mob and Call it a Parade: What Electric Utility Executives and Those Who Regulate Them Can Do to Accelerate Adoption of Clean Energy. The series is led by John DeVillars, Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.
Kevin Knobloch recently completed a nearly four-year Obama Administration appointment as a Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Energy and is the former president of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
As lead senior aide to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Kevin led the Agency’s efforts to fully implement DOE’s elements of the President’s Climate Action Plan, including finalizing some 50 economy-wide energy efficiency rules for appliances, electronics, heating-cooling systems and lighting; modernizing the electricity grid; advancing bio-energy; implementing the clean energy Loan Program, and deploying advanced vehicle technology. He coordinated DOE’s efforts at the United Nations Conference of the Parties 21 climate negotiations in Paris (2015); Clean Energy Trade Mission in China (2015); Clean Energy Ministerials in Seoul (2014), Mexico (2015) and San Francisco (2016); U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Ministerial in Ethiopia (2014); and energy-focused trips to Algeria, Brazil, Paraguay, India, China and Japan.
Prior to his service at DOE, Kevin was President of the Union of Concerned Scientists for 10 years, from 2004-2013 where he provided strategic vision and leadership to a national nonprofit science-based organization combining scientific analysis, policy design and advocacy to address climate change, clean energy and clean vehicle technologies, sustainable agriculture, scientific integrity, nuclear reactor safety and nuclear weapons. During his tenure at UCS he served as chair of the Green Group, a coalition of the CEOs of 32 national environmental organizations, and served as co-chair of the Green Group Climate and Energy Committee for seven years. He led UCS delegations to the United Nations International Climate negotiations in Montreal in 2005, Bali in 2007, Poznan in 2008, and Copenhagen in 2009.
During six years on Capitol Hill in the 1980s, Kevin was the legislative director for U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth (D-CO) and legislative assistant and press secretary for U.S. Representative Ted Weiss (D-NY). He later served as director of conservation programs for the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston. He began his career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, writing for several Massachusetts publications. His Board service includes the Advisory Board of the New England Forestry Foundation and eight years on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) and ten years the Environmental League of Massachusetts Board of Directors. He is also cofounder and former president of the Arlington (MA) Land Trust. Kevin holds a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a focus on natural resource economics and environmental management, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he concentrated in English and journalism.