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Looking Back on 38 Years in Washington , DC. A Retrospective. A New Direction. How did I get into energy ? - December 20, 1969. 1970-1974. nuclear power debate in New England NECNP , debates Ralph Nader and the PIRGs energy and arms control course

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a new direction
A New Direction

How did I get into energy?

- December 20, 1969

1970 1974
1970-1974
  • nuclear power debate in New England
    • NECNP, debates
    • Ralph Nader and the PIRGs
    • energy and arms control course
  • beginning to think and talk about renewables
    • if not nuclear…..
    • solar
    • wind
  • new Congressional Fellowship program
1974 1978
1974-1978
  • Congressional Fellow
  • Arab Oil Embargo (EPCA, CAFE)
  • NBS/NIST
  • NASA (Shuttle)
  • OSTP
  • Sunrayce
1978 1979
1978-1979
  • 1978-1979 (19 months)
    • new DOE
    • SERI, DPR
    • Why I left ($88B)
  • 1978-1981
    • Energy Productivity Center/Carnegie Mellon University
      • Least Cost Energy Strategy
  • 1981-1990
    • COSEPUP (NAS/NRC)
      • High Schools and the Changing Workplace (1984)
      • Scientific Communication and National Security (1982)
      • U.S. National Security Controls and Global Economic Competition (1987)
      • Research Briefings for OSTP
        • Energy Research Centers/NSF
        • high temperature superconductivity
1978 19791
1978-1979
  • Schedule C
    • DOT
    • DOE
  • first tour of duty at new DOE (April 3, 1978)
    • May 3, 1978 (‘Sun Day’):
      • SERI
      • DPR
  • Why I left ($88B Synfuels program)
1979 1981
1979-1981
  • Energy Productivity Center/Carnegie Mellon University
    • Least Cost Energy Strategy
1981 1990
1981-1990
  • COSEPUP (NAS/NRC)
    • ‘Scientific Communication and National Security’ (1982)
    • ‘High Schools and the Changing Workplace’ (1984)
    • U.S. National Security Controls and Global Economic Competition (1987)
    • ‘Research Briefings’ (for OSTP)
      • ‘Educating the Engineer of the Future’
        • Engineering Research Centers (NSF)
      • ‘High Temperature Superconductivity”
1991 2012 doe 2d tour of duty
1991-2012 (DOE – 2d tour of duty)
  • Office of Utility Technologies (1991-99)
    • solar
    • wind
    • biomass,
    • hydropower
    • ocean
    • hydrogen
    • storage
    • NREL
1 991 1999 continued
1991-1999(continued)
  • Office of Utility Technologies
    • International (China, India, Mexico, …)
    • IEA/Working Group on Renewable Energy
    • The Sun’s Joules
    • 1996 Summer Olympics
1999 2004
1999-2004
  • Country Studies Program
    • greenhouse gas emissions – developing counties
  • Winrock International (detail)
    • energy and water issues – developing countries
  • initial work on the water-energy nexus
    • Amman, Jordan (September 1999)
    • solar-powered desalination (Jordan, West Bank)
    • ‘Water and Energy Security’ (August 2004)
2004 2012 back at doe
2004-2012 (back at DOE)
  • Office of Budget, Planning and Analysis (BPA)
    • renewable energy in telecom industry (post 9/11)
    • water-energy nexus – expanding awareness
      • LERDWG
      • Water-Energy Nexus Team
      • adaptation to global climate change
    • DoD (ESTCP)
  • Office of Wind and Water Power (WWPP)
    • OSW
concluding thoughts
Concluding Thoughts
  • For me public service was the right choice
    • opportunity to work on interesting issues
    • opportunity to make a difference
    • lots of wonderful relationships
    • lots of fun
  • Itis important to share history
  • The world has come a long way since the 1970s
    • The U.S. needs to do more; has fallen behind
      • critical need to get on renewables path
    • ‘Renewable Energy Futures’ - breakthrough study
  • I wish you all the best!
contact information
Contact Information
  • E-mail: ecosse4@comcast.net
  • Telephone: (571) 581-4120 (cell)

(703) 437-4332 (home)