DOE names two to top Fossil Energy Office posts

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy has named to new senior staff members – Julio Friedmann as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal, and Paula Gant as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas.

“The Energy Department is fortunate to have attracted such qualified people with relevant industry and technical experience,” said Christopher Smith, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, in an Aug. 27 statement. “Their expertise and experience make them the right people in the right jobs, and I’m proud to have them as part of our Fossil Energy team.”

Friedmann has over 15 years of experience on energy issues, most recently focusing on carbon capture, utilization and sequestration and fossil energy conversion. He was the Chief Energy Technologist at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, coordinating and managing energy research programs across the Lab. Friedmann has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Geology from the University of Southern California.

Gant spent seven years working on federal and state regulatory policy for natural gas issues at the American Gas Association, most recently as the Senior Vice President, Policy and Planning. She began her career working for Duke Energy, focusing on electric power generation and gas distribution transmission, gathering and processing in the Americas, Europe and Australia. Gant holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from McNeese State University and a PhD in Economics from Auburn University.

The Office of Fossil Energy is responsible for research and development of technologies to ensure that fossil energy use is cleaner, safer, and more sustainable, as part of President Obama’s All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy.

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