New DOE Secretary Moniz’s Big Ideas

Photo by jeanbaptisteparis. Some rights reserved.

Photo by jeanbaptisteparis. Some rights reserved.

New Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was just sworn in yesterday, but he’s already got big plans (and big hair!) for the future of energy in the U.S. Moniz, nuclear physicist and former head of MIT’s Energy Initiative, vowed in his first speech to move a big time, bi-partisan energy efficiency bill through Congress, and also to take a closer look at the merits of exporting natural gas and expanding into untapped markets. A DOE study from last year showed that the latter could prove quite helpful to the U.S. in the long-term global energy market.

“I want to… make sure that we are using up-to-date data and then we want to go forward on a case-by-case basis… in terms of evaluating licenses in as expeditious a way consistent with that review process,” said Moniz this week. He also said that he has no plans to commission new studies of natural gas exports until he has had time to review “personally” all of the existing studies. Moniz was voted into his new position by a unanimous Senate vote of 97-0 earlier this month after a nomination from the President in March.

Watch Moniz’s speech from the 2013 Energy Efficiency Global Forum here.

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