The Arctic Energy Office (AEO) brings together assets from across the Department of Energy to work together in collaborative and innovated ways to meet the energy, science, and national security needs of the United States and its allies.
The Arctic Energy Office will lead cross-cutting operations in the Arctic with a mission to tackle the energy, science and national security challenges of the 21st Century. The office will act as a nexus for DOE activities and represent the Department in engagements involving the Arctic.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette officially announces the re-establishment of the Arctic Energy Office.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski thanks Secretary Brouillette, Deputy Secretary Menezes, and DOE, for re-establishing the Arctic Energy Office.
George joined the Department of Energy’s Arctic Energy Office as Director from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he has been a member of the research faculty since 2013, with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP). His work at ACEP has focused on development, adaptation and integration of energy system. George was part of the leadership team responsible for planning and implementation of the DOE Alaska National Lab Day in 2018.
He holds joint appointments at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Prior to joining UAF in 2013, George served in various engineering and management roles at Boeing for 35 years in research and development of aerospace-related energy subsystem technologies. George holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.
Michael joins the Arctic Energy Office from the Office of International Affairs, where he serves as the Senior Policy Advisor with responsibility for Arctic issues. He coordinated the first senior DOE visits to Iceland and Greenland and assisted in the planning and creation of AEO. Prior to his service in the Department of Energy he served as a Policy and Strategy Analyst for the Under Secretary of the Navy with responsibility for Arctic and Nuclear issues. He also served as the Director of Congressional Affairs for the Department of the Navy Program Executive Office for Aircraft Carriers and as a professional staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. McEleney holds a M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.
The Arctic Energy Office will work in partnership with other DOE organizations, including the Office of Science, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, and Office of Indian Energy, and with the DOE national laboratories (e.g., Arctic Laboratory Partnerships consortium).
The University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) is a key partner with the AEO. The AEO’s office will be located on the UAF campus, providing immediate proximity to its array of arctic research expertise and resources, UAF’s Alaska Center for Energy and Power testing facility, the Cold Climate Housing Research Center operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.