Climate Now Episode 81

January 9, 2023

Inside the DOE: Understanding the role of the US Department of Energy in the energy transition


Featured Experts

Kate Gordon
Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy


Kate Gordon

Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy

Kate Gordon is senior advisor U.S. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm. Prior to joining the DOE, Kate served as the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom on Climate.

In this Episode

“We’ve built an entire industrial economy around a set of energy sources, and we’re now thinking about diversifying way beyond that. And that’s a big set of changes.” What will it take to diversify our energy economy, and how do we actually do it? That is the remit of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), according to Kate Gordon, senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

In this week’s podcast, Ms. Gordon joins us to discuss how the DOE is structured today; how they’re working with states, local governments, and tribes to reduce energy consumption and support an equitable clean energy economy and the new industries that come with it – like hydrogen and carbon removal; and what major pieces of legislation are driving the DOE’s energy transition work – and how.

Key Questions:

  1. What role does the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) play, historically and today?
  2. How is the DOE supporting deployment of clean energy technologies?
  3. How are the climate mitigation objectives in recent US legislation (the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act) getting implemented, and what is their real-world benefit?

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