Department of Energy

Saluting Daniel Poneman's Service to the Department of Energy

October 3, 2014

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This week we're sending off Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel B. Poneman, who served with excellence from May 2009 until October 2014. During that period -- the longest tenure of any Deputy Secretary of Energy -- Poneman distinguished himself through his extraordinary dedication, insight and leadership.

As Deputy Secretary, Poneman provided guidance and operational impact spanning the diverse missions of the Department during a time of rapid transformation in energy markets and of global security challenges. He chaired the Credit Review Board, which reviewed proposed loan guarantees for utility-scale renewable generating projects, advanced technology vehicle manufacturing, and the first commercial nuclear reactors approved in 30 years. He reoriented project management culture and helped establish the Department of Energy's new Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security.

Poneman’s long experience in international relations at the highest level has helped strengthen U.S. partnerships and alliances around the globe. During unrest in Libya in 2011, he played a key role in the diplomacy related to the release from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. His contributions to American nonproliferation policy have made the world a safer place, helping secure fissile materials around the globe. In 2013, he witnessed the completion of the U.S.-Russia Megatons-to-Megawatts deal, which he helped negotiate in the early 1990s while serving at the National Security Council.

Poneman also improved and invigorated the Department of Energy’s emergency preparedness, coordination and response capabilities, leading the Department's efforts in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in 2011, as well as during and after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

In recognition of Poneman's exemplary record of public service -- and his contributions to the Department of Energy and the nation -- he was presented with the Secretary’s Exceptional Service Award during a ceremony at Energy Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., yesterday afternoon.

Check out the photo gallery above to see some highlights from Poneman's tenure at the Department of Energy.