Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall says that while Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has been involved in negotiations with Iran about their nuclear program, supporting his involvement has been the DOE's technical experts researching the elements and "doing the hard analysis of whether or not the options on the table" are good for the nation. (Washington Post Live)

April 2, 2015, 8:45 – 10:30 a.m. | Charlie Palmer Steak

Energy experts gathered in Washington Thursday for a discussion on innovative approaches to strengthening U.S. energy security. The speakers looked at the opportunities and challenges presented by shifting geopolitics, the risks posed by cyber attacks and natural disasters, and the technologies and policies that will support affordable, reliable, and environmentally-friendly energy sources.


Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall tells The Post's Stephen Stromberg that the Department of Energy is preparing with the private industry and disseminating research to protect the U.S. electricity grid from the type of cyber attacks taking place. (Washington Post Live)
Energy and environment reporter Chris Mooney interviews Commissioner Tony Clark of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Eurasia Group chief executive Robert "RJ" Johnston and David Owens of the Edison Electric Institute on securing America's energy future. (Washington Post Live)
Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall talks about DOE investments in solar power, advance solar, biofuel and wind energy sources. (Washington Post Live)


8:15 a.m. | REGISTRATION
Charlie Palmer Steak, Washington, D.C.

8:30 a.m. | WELCOME


-Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Deputy Secretary, Department of Energy
Interviewed by Stephen Stromberg, Opinion Writer, The Washington Post

-Tony Clark, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
-Robert “RJ” Johnston, Chief Executive, Eurasia Group
-David Owens, Executive Vice President, Business Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Edison Electric Institute
Moderated by Chris Mooney, Energy and Environment Reporter, The Washington Post

10:00 a.m. | CLOSING REMARKS


10:30 a.m. | PROGRAM ENDS



Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
Deputy Secretary, Department of Energy

Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall was nominated by President Obama on July 8, 2014 and was sworn into office on Oct. 10, 2014. Previously, Sherwood-Randall was special assistant to the president and White House coordinator for defense policy, countering weapons of mass destruction and Arms Control, as well as special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Sherwood-Randall was a Stanford University senior research scholar and deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia at the Pentagon.

Commissioner Clark

Tony Clark
Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Commissioner Tony Clark is serving his first term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. A Republican, he was sworn in by President Obama on June 15, 2012 and is serving out a five-year term that expires June 30, 2016. Clark formerly served as a member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, most recently as chairman. In November 2010, Clark was elected by his peers across the nation to serve a one-year term as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He is a past chairman of the NARUC Telecommunications Committee and was North Dakota’s Labor commissioner, serving in the cabinet of former Gov. Ed Schafer. He is also a former state legislator, representing Fargo in the state House of Representatives.

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Robert “RJ” Johnston
Chief Executive, Eurasia Group

Robert “RJ” Johnston is chief executive of Eurasia Group, a position he assumed in 2013 after 7 years as founder and leader of the firm’s Global Energy and Natural Resources Strategy Group. His work draws upon his experience and analytical expertise in energy geopolitics, including the North American unconventional energy revolution, resource nationalism, energy infrastructure and industry-civil society relations.


David K. Owens
Executive Vice President, Business Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Edison Electric Institute

David K. Owens is executive vice  president of business operations and regulatory affairs at the Edison Electric Institute. Owens has responsibility over the strategic areas of energy supply and the environment, energy delivery, energy services and international affairs. Previously, Owens was EEI’s senior vice president of finance, regulation, and power supply policy and director of rates and regulation. Prior to joining EEI in 1980, Owens served as chief engineer of the Division of Corporate Regulation of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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