WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced an organizational realignment to ensure the department has the structure needed to effectively implement clean energy investments in President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act. and the Energy Act of 2020. The new organizational structure establishes two under-secretaries: one focused on basic science and clean energy innovation and the other focused on clean infrastructure deployment , supporting DOE’s ongoing work to achieve carbon-free electricity in the United States by 2035 and a net-zero economy by 2050. This strategic effort will seamlessly align DOE offices to deliver the clean energy transition and equity in the country, create new, well-paying jobs for American families and workers, provide affordable and reliable energy, and fight climate change. climate change. These new offices will also strengthen partnerships with states, communities and industry, to streamline the deployment of clean infrastructure and improve domestic manufacturing.
“The bipartisan Infrastructure Act and Energy Act of 2020 energize the Department of Energy to propel the U.S. economy toward cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “These structural changes have enabled the DOE to be successful in carrying out all of our missions – and in pursuing them for years and decades to come. Our strategic realignment leverages the world-class expertise of our talented staff. It creates new efficiencies across our business and will maximize our ability to accelerate the technologies needed to create clean energy jobs and tackle the climate crisis.
“The bipartisan Infrastructure Act is an opportunity to deliver on President Biden’s commitments to climate, environmental justice and creating opportunities for well-paying union jobs in clean energy. That’s why this realignment makes sense right now as we implement this once-in-a-generation investment. Over the next decade, this will enable more effective implementation of new programs and enable the agency to be a better and more effective partner to states, communities and the private sector,” said Mitch Landrieu, Senior White House Advisor and Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator.
The bipartisan Infrastructure Act and Energy Act of 2020 provide more than $60 billion primarily for major new clean energy demonstration and deployment programs and more than triple DOE annual funding for energy programs , including significantly expanded research and development (R&D) and entirely new demonstration and deployment. assignments.
The new organizational chart reflecting the strategic realignment can be viewed here.
This realignment reflects recent recommendations from top CEOs and technology and union leaders to unify leadership of key DOE deployment programs to quickly unlock new clean energy advancements. The structure also encourages collaboration and coordination between programs across the marketing spectrum.
The Undersecretary for Infrastructure
The Under Secretary for Infrastructure (formerly Under Secretary for Energy) will focus on deploying clean energy solutions. To create skilled teams around infrastructure financing, project development, project management and other key areas, the new Undersecretary will centralize existing offices focused on major demonstration and deployment with new offices. Existing offices transferred to the new Undersecretary include the DOE Lending Programs Office, India Energy Office, Clean Energy Demonstration Office, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Response (CESER) and the Federal Energy Management Program.
The announcement of the new Undersecretary is accompanied by the launch of three new offices to support the deployment of clean energy infrastructure:
- The Grid Infrastructure Office will execute the DOE’s Building a Better Grid initiative to modernize and upgrade the nation’s power transmission lines and roll out cheaper, cleaner electricity nationwide.
- The State and Community Energy Program will work more closely with states, localities and communities to plan and deploy decarbonization solutions.
- The Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains to ensure that the energy industrial base is supported by a clean and resilient national supply chain.
The Undersecretary for Science and Innovation
The Offices of the Undersecretary for Science and Innovation (formerly Undersecretary for Science and Energy) will continue its global leadership in the research and development of energy technologies, with demonstration and deployment activities connected. Through the realignment, the Office of Science, DOE’s Offices of Applied Energy, and DOE’s 17 National Laboratories will continue their core missions of science discovery and innovation, including leveraging $12 billion in base starting in fiscal year 2021 and $3.8 billion in funding under the bipartisan infrastructure act. and Energy Act 2020.
Join the Clean Energy Corps
Confronting our nation’s deepest and most urgent crisis will require a large, ambitious, and talented team of America’s best and brightest technical and policy experts, dedicated to fighting climate change through the public service and supporting America’s global competitiveness. These critical positions will span all offices of the Under Secretary for Science and Innovation, Under Secretary for Infrastructure, and other cross-functional offices.
To address this need, the DOE announced in January the launch of its Clean Energy Corps, which is made up of employees from more than a dozen offices across the DOE – current staff and an additional 1,000 new hires – who will work together to research, develop, demonstrate and deploy solutions to climate change. Clean Energy Corps’ new hiring portal will help streamline the application process for industry veterans, experienced technical experts and the next generation of clean energy leaders it seeks to attract.
Apply to join the DOE Clean Energy Corps at: www.energy.gov/CleanEnergyCorps.