Dan Kammen appointed first clean energy fellow to Western Hemisphere
As one of the first ECPA fellows, Kammen, the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor in UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group, Goldman School of Public Policy and the Department of Nuclear Engineering, will consult with and offer advice to participating nations on scientific, technical and policy avenues to lower their carbon footprint and develop sustainable energy initiatives.
Clinton announced the appointment of Kammen and two other fellows at the start of the Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas, a two-day meeting in Washington, D.C., of energy ministers from North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Hosted by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu with Clinton as keynote speaker, the ministerial takes place at the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States.
"This is a real honor and an exciting opportunity to work with colleagues across our government and with a number of nations in the Americas not only to design clean energy pathways, but also to stick with these ideas and see them put into practice," said Kammen, who is also the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley.
The Senior ECPA Fellows program is part of the new Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, which was created last year by President Barack Obama to bring Western Hemisphere nations together "to find new ways to produce and use energy."
Secretary Clinton's remarks also are online.