Alexander Karsner Sworn In as New Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff March 28, 2006

U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman has sworn in Alexander “Andy” Karsner as the Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Karsner was confirmed by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate on March 16.

“I’m pleased to have Andy as a member of our team. His background in developing new energy technologies in the private sector will be invaluable as the DOE pursues President Bush’s Advanced Energy Initiative,” Secretary Bodman said.

As assistant secretary, Mr. Karsner will manage the DOE’s $1.17 billion EERE office, which promotes the development of domestic, renewable and environmentally sound energy technologies, as well as efficient use of energy resources. Karsner will also lead DOE’s efforts to carry out the new Advanced Energy Initiative (AEI), announced by the president in his 2006 State of the Union address, which provides a 22% increase in clean-energy research.

“DOE is working on a wide variety of fronts to foster more rapid development, commercialization and deployment of energy-efficiency and renewable energy technologies. I look forward to working with Secretary Bodman and my colleagues to bring these technologies to bear on our nation’s energy security and environmental well-being,” Karsner said.

Joining DOE from Enercorp LLC, Karsner served as managing director of the company, known for international project development, management and financing of renewable energy infrastructure. His experience encompasses a wide range of technologies including heavy fuel oil, distillates, natural gas, coal, wood waste/biomass and wind energy, and distributed generation based upon renewable technologies.