Ernest Moniz outlined the biggest challenges in the energy sector and identified opportunities as the world moves to a multitrillion dollar clean energy economy. While the current US administration has announced the country’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, Secretary Moniz discussed how state and municipal leaders and business executives across the US have adopted long-term strategies to reduce CO2 levels in the environment. He also outlined the activities of the Energy Futures Initiative and offer insights on the outcome of the US mid-term elections.
About the Speaker:
Ernest Moniz was the thirteenth US Secretary of Energy, serving in President Obama’s Administration from 2013-2017. As Secretary, he advanced energy technology innovation, nuclear security and strategic stability, cutting-edge capabilities for the American scientific research community, and environmental stewardship. Along with then US Secretary of State John Kerry, Dr Moniz negotiated the historic Iran nuclear agreement. Dr Moniz is the Founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and the MIT Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems (emeritus). He currently serves as the CEO and President of the Energy Futures Initiative, a Washington-based think tank that provides policy options to advance a cleaner, safer, more affordable and more secure energy future.
Dr Moniz holds a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University and nine honorary doctorates. He is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including the Distinguished Public Service Medals of the Department of Defense and of the Navy; the Franklin D. Roosevelt Distinguished Public Service Award; and the Neustadt Award of the Harvard Kennedy School for creating exceptional solutions to significant problems in public policy.
This event is the fifth of the 2018 ESB Lecture Series entitled The Electric Lifestyle.