WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm issued the following statement today following the U.S. Senate confirmation of Gene Rodrigues by voice vote to serve as Assistant Secretary for Electricity at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE): 

“I am so grateful to the Senate for confirming Gene Rodrigues to serve as Assistant Secretary for Electricity at DOE. Gene joins our Department at a critical moment in our effort to modernize our electric grid, strengthen our energy security, and tackle the climate crisis. The decades he has spent working with electric utilities and improving grid technology have given him exceptional insights into what it will take to deliver clean, affordable, reliable power to every American. I am deeply grateful for Gene’s willingness to serve the American people, and we’re so excited to welcome him to DOE.” 

Gene Rodrigues, Nominee for Assistant Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy 

Gene Rodrigues is a nationally recognized expert in clean energy policy and programs with over 30 years of professional experience in the field. Rodrigues is former Vice President of Market Development in the Energy, Environment and Infrastructure practice at ICF International (ICF), a global advisory and digital services provider. Prior to joining ICF, Rodrigues garnered 23 years of industry experience at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. During his tenure at SCE, he represented the company in regulatory proceedings and held leadership positions over the company’s portfolio of demand-side management programs and policies, which helped to ensure the provision of affordable, reliable, and resilient electric service for over 15 million people in Southern California.   

Over his professional career, Rodrigues has also held leadership positions in industry nonprofit organizations, including most recently as a member of the board of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, as the chair of the board for the California Efficiency & Demand Management Council, and as chair of the outreach committee for the bipartisan Alliance to Save Energy’s Active Efficiency Collaborative. Previously, he also served as the chair of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency and on the boards of the China-US Energy Efficiency Alliance and California’s Low Income Oversight Board. In recognition of his industry leadership, in 2012 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented Rodrigues with its Climate Leadership Award for Individual Leadership. Rodrigues is a graduate of University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and of Northern Arizona University.