New appointees will lead Grid Controls and Communications and Storage Divisions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity (OE) this week announced two new division leadership appointments. Gilbert (Gil) Bindewald III assumes the role of Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Grid Controls and Communications Division, and Eric Hsieh is now the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Energy Storage Division. Both appointments were effective April 9, 2023.

“Gil and Eric are exactly the right leaders we need to help drive momentum in the transformation of America’s electricity grid,” said Gene Rodrigues, Assistant Secretary for Electricity. “They have years of experience within DOE and our office, specifically, and are well respected across the industry for their expertise on the Nation’s electricity delivery system. I am thrilled to announce their appointments and look forward to watching their impact in the years to come.”

Bindewald joined DOE more than 20 years ago and has served in numerous leadership roles, including leading strategic and foundational research and development efforts to improve grid resilience and reliability. He is also co-chair of DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative and has been involved in several broader departmental efforts working to improve coordination and communication on the grid topic. Bindewald will also continue to serve as the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for OE. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Union College and a Master of Public Administration in International Development from Harvard University.

Hsieh joined DOE in 2014, serving in OE and focusing on grid modernization since 2018. He co-leads DOE’s Energy Storage Grand Challenge and Long-Duration Energy Earthshot, which aim to make the United States a global leader in energy storage by 2030. Prior to joining DOE, Hsieh held positions at Nexans, A123 Systems, where he helped the company achieve its first 100MW of storage deployments, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where he helped win helped win one of the first multimillion-dollar settlements at FERC Enforcement. Hsieh holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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