WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm issued the following statements today on President Biden’s intent to nominate Maria Robinson for Assistant Secretary in the Office of Electricity at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Dr. Joseph DeCarolis for Energy Information Administration (EIA) Administrator at DOE: 

“I am grateful to President Biden for nominating Maria Robinson to serve as DOE’s Assistant Secretary in the Office of Electricity. This office’s work to expand and modernize our electric grid, including our transmission system, is critical to helping us confront the climate crisis and create a clean energy economy that works for everyone. Maria has been leading the charge for clean energy in Massachusetts, and her political smarts and technical expertise will help us turn President Biden's goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035 into reality. I’m so glad that she’s willing to join the federal government and I look forward to her confirmation.” 

About Maria Robinson 

Maria Duaime Robinson is serving her second term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives where she was elected as the first Korean-American legislator in 2018. She leads the House side of the Clean Energy Caucus, serves as the Massachusetts state lead to the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators where she is on the board, and is the only state legislator on the U.S. EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. Prior to her election, she led the Advanced Energy Economy's Wholesale Markets Program, including engagement at FERC and the regional transmission organizations. Previously, she focused on regulatory issues relating to energy and air, leading policy efforts in over two dozen states across the country.  

Earlier in her career, she was with Navigant Consulting in the renewable energy and energy efficiency practice, working with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in analyzing and procuring contractors for statewide solar and energy efficiency projects under the 2009 Recovery Act. She holds an S.B. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Jurisprudence in Energy Law from the University of Tulsa. She is currently a lecturer at Tufts University's School of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy and is a lifetime Girl Scout after earning her Silver Award. 

Secretary Granholm also issued the following statement on President Biden’s intent to nominate Joseph DeCarolis for Energy Information Administration (EIA) Administrator at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE):  

“I'm delighted that President Biden has nominated Joseph DeCarolis to serve as EIA Administrator. At a time of immense change and opportunity in our energy sector, the American people need timely, relevant and accurate information about U.S. energy more than ever. Joseph’s deep technical expertise and prior government service make him the perfect fit for this role, and he will be instrumental in leading new efforts at the EIA to model pathways for deep decarbonization in the U.S. I’m so glad he’s willing to serve the American people again and I look forward to his confirmation.” 

About Joseph DeCarolis 

Joseph F. DeCarolis is a Professor and University Faculty Scholar in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. His research addresses energy issues at the intersection of engineering, economics, and public policy. He leads the development of next-generation energy system modeling tools that are open source, transparent, and designed to deliver policy-relevant insights. Dr. DeCarolis currently co-leads an ambitious open source modeling effort involving a large multi-institutional research team. He also leads an interdisciplinary faculty cluster at NC State focused on sustainable energy and established a university-wide Energy Collaborative. 

Prior to joining NC State, Dr. DeCarolis was an environmental scientist within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development where his research examined the air quality impacts of future energy system development. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. from Clark University in Physics and Environmental Science & Policy.