July 14 | Energy Stimulus: Investing in the Electric Power Grid of the Future

July 14 | 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Energy Stimulus: Investing in the Electric Power Grid of the Future

Co-Sponsored by the Dartmouth Energy Collaborative and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences and the Department of Government at Dartmouth

Sue Tierney, senior advisor at Analysis Group and former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, wrote in a recent op-ed, that using stimulus money to invest in the nation's electric power grid can and should be a part of America's return to a more resilient economy. Dan Reicher, lecturer and senior research scholar at Stanford University and former Department of Energy assistant secretary, likewise urges significant spending on a clean energy stimulus to help revitalize a pandemic-ravaged economy.

What are the challenges and opportunities presented by prioritizing stimulus spending in the energy sector and what benefits could such spending bring to the U.S.? Join Tierney, Reicher, and energy sector leaders Jeff Dagle, Abby Hopper, and Tom Kiernan for a lively panel discussion that addresses these and other questions.

A Q&A will follow the discussion.

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About the Panelists

Jeffrey Dagle

Jeff Dagle has worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland Washington, operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), since 1989. During that time has had led numerous projects in the areas of transmission reliability and security. Recent project highlights include leading the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) and serving on the leadership team of the DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium, leading the multi-laboratory system operations and control technical area. In 2018 Mr. Dagle was named co-director of the Advanced Grid Institute, a joint institute with Washington State University. He has served on three National Academies of Science and Engineering committees. 

Dagle is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).He received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University in 1989 and 1994, respectively, and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Washington.

Abigail Ross Hopper '93

Abby Hopper is the President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade organization for America's solar energy industries. She oversees all of SEIA's activities, including government affairs, research, communications, and industry leadership, and is focused on creating a marketplace where solar will constitute a significant percentage of America's energy generation. 

Before joining SEIA, Hopper served as Director of the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), Energy Advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and Deputy General Counsel with the Maryland Public Service Commission. Before embarking on a career in public service, she spent nine years in private practice. 

Hopper graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law and earned a BA from Dartmouth College. She is a member of the Irving Institute Advisory Board.

Tom Kiernan '81

Tom Kiernan began as CEO of the American Wind Energy Association in May, 2013. Prior to joining AWEA, he was President of the National Parks Conservation Association for 15 years.  Previous positions include Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of Air and Radiation where he assisted in leading the implementation of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, President of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, and a senior consultant with Arthur Andersen & Co. Kiernan is a native of Arlington, VA, has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in Environmental Computer Modeling, and an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the Irving Institute Advisory Board.

Dan Reicher '78

Dan Reicher is Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, a joint center of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he also holds faculty positions. Reicher came to Stanford in 2011 from Google, where he served since 2007 as Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives.

He has served three U.S. presidents, testified before the U.S. Congress more than 50 times, and litigated cases in federal court. His federal roles include: Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Department of Energy Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff; Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International; a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and Environmental Systems; and a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. Before his position at Google, he was President and Co-founder of New Energy Capital Corp., a private equity firm funded by the California State Teachers Retirement System and Vantage Point Venture Partners to invest in clean energy projects. Reicher holds a BA in biology from Dartmouth College and a JD from Stanford Law School. He also studied at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and MIT. He is a member of the Irving Institute Advisory Board.

Sue Tierney

Sue Tierney is a senior advisor at Analysis Group, one of the largest international economics consulting firms. She is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to companies, governments, nonprofits, and other organizations on energy markets, as well as economic and environmental regulation and strategy. Her expert witness and business consulting services have involved industry restructuring, market analyses, utility ratemaking and regulatory policy, clean energy regulatory policy, transmission issues, wholesale and retail market design, and resource planning and procurement.

Dr. Tierney is a former assistant secretary for policy at the US Department of Energy, state cabinet officer for environmental affairs, and state public utility commissioner. She chairs the board of directors of Resources for the Future and of ClimateWorks Foundation, serves on the external advisory board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and is a director of the World Resources Institute and of other boards. She has published widely, frequently speaks at industry conferences, and has lectured at many leading universities.