EFI is excited to welcome three exceptional individuals to its network of Distinguished Associates: Carol J. Battershell, Mike Ming, and Mary Louise Wagner. EFI draws on the experience and expertise of its Distinguished Associates on a project-specific basis. Carol, Mike, and Mary Louise bring extensive energy industry and policy experience to EFI:

  • Carol J. Battershell served as Principal Deputy Director in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) until 2018. At DOE, she led multi-billion dollar technical programs, ran the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy field operations office, and was a key contributor on two multi-Agency…

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In the last several decades, natural gas has become an increasingly important fuel in the global energy mix, reaching its highest share of global demand in 2019 (23 percent) and nearly doubling its share from a half-century ago. Around the world, natural gas has offered pathways for economic growth in the developing world, while sustaining industrial and economic activity in the developed world.

In some regions, natural gas has improved local air quality and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. …


Even though we all share a love for climate justice, EFI employees are so much more than just our work. Every newsletter, we’ll profile one of our staffers so you can learn to love them as much as we do!

Meet David! David is Vice President of Communications and Policy at EFI. Formerly a journalist obsessed with politics, David loves watching baseball at Nats Park with his two sons, and jamming out to Bruno Mars.

Ellis, in his days as news chief at CQ Roll Call, was a regular presence on Capitol Hill.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Well, like most kids at the time, I either wanted to be a baseball player…


As the world slowly reopens to some form of normalcy, universities across the nation are hosting commencement ceremonies for their spring class — in person. The University of New Mexico (UNM) recognized its class of 2021 with an outdoor ceremony at University Stadium. EFI Principal and UNM aluma Melanie Kenderdine was the keynote speaker, recanting her experience growing up in the East Mountains. The New Mexico native gave a compelling and wise speech that motivated graduates to be prepared to take risks, look for mentors, and help move our great country forward. …


EFI CEO Ernest Moniz sat down with former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, on his podcast Straight Talk for a conversation on technological innovation, the path to decarbonization, and their shared passion — fly fishing!

A lifelong conservationist, Paulson founded the Paulson Institute in 2011 to promote sustainable economic growth and a cleaner environment around the world. Much like his nonpartisan think tank, Paulson believes in collaboration and the need for bipartisanship in the fight against climate change.

The lively discussion began with a focus on Moniz’s upbringing and how the eventual Secretary of Energy found his love…


April is always a busy month for the climate community. This year in particular was marked by an increase in net-zero commitments from the private sector and new Nationally Determined Contributions from countries including Canada, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korean, the United Kingdom, and the United States. AI LA’s Earth Summit is one of many annual conferences that provide a unique opportunity to learn and engage with experts from all sectors. …


On April 22, EFI Founder & CEO Secretary Moniz testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs at a hearing entitled “21st Century Communities: Capitalizing on Opportunities in the Clean Energy Economy.” The hearing covered the landscape for clean energy investment, workforce training and job creation, and technology advancement.

Moniz’s testimony centered on increasing risks to U.S. financial systems, energy infrastructure, and economic growth, recognizing that quantifying these risks is difficult but efforts to elucidate them are essential for the stability of the nation’s financial, security, social, and health systems going forward.

Moniz deftly answered a question…


Carbon dioxide removal is having a moment. Four years after the very first Department of Energy study on carbon dioxide removal (CDR), the industry ecosystem has transformed — for the better. A curiosity for carbon removal has erupted across all sectors as philanthropy, business, and governments turn to CDR in the fight against climate change. AirMiners, a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to accelerating the development of gigaton-scale carbon removal, is working to make carbon removal accessible to everyday people.

In May, AirMiners hosted a two-day conference titled Taking Flight: The Next Era of Carbon Removal Begins to discuss…


Even though we all share a love for climate justice, EFI employees are so much more than just our work. Every newsletter, we’ll profile one of our staffers so you can learn to love them as much as we do!

Meet Max! Max is the Special Assistant to the Principals at EFI. A prolific dabbler, he loves bike repair, fountain pens, and adding to his pile of unread books. Taking a page from his colleagues, he’s returning to school to study policy analysis in the Fall.

Max with his cute cat, Dana!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to…


Chairman Brown, Ranking Member Toomey, and Members of the Committee, I am pleased to discuss with you today risks associated with climate change and the opportunities that are presented by addressing them.

The physical, societal, environmental and financial impacts of global warming, climate change and extreme weather have become evident. If we take inflation-corrected billion-dollar extreme weather events as an indicator, the annual average over the last forty years is 7, over the last five years is 16, and in 2020 was 22. These are data, not opinions. …

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