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The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force to Support the Quadrennial Energy Review Process

The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force to support the Quadrennial Energy Review Process is composed of SEAB members and independent experts, with experience in energy policy and planning, charged with serving as a resource for the Department in the crucial formative stage of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) process.  The initial deliverable of the Task Force is a brief written report of its activities and a presentation to SEAB and the public. 

Purpose of the Task Force: 

The SEAB QER Task Force is intended to serve as an independent group of experts to assist SEAB in providing DOE support for the QER.  The Secretary of Energy is assigned the responsibility to “establish a Secretariat to support the QER and provide adequate staff, analytical support, and other services.”  The success of the much needed, ambitious, QER project depends on DOE’s ability to “translate these policy goals into a set of analytically based, clearly articulated, sequenced and integrated actions, and proposed investments over a four-year planning horizon.”

The first QER will focus on energy infrastructure.  The TF will be helpful to the QER as it defines the scope of energy infrastructure.   

The TF should be prepared, as requested, to provide advice on the design of the QER, key steps needed to implement the QER, and to review activities, planned or underway, to complete these steps.  Examples of key steps where advice and direction would be the most helpful include:

  • Assist in articulating the scope of the QER.
  • Assist in identifying supply and demand energy indicators (including uncertainties) critical to the US economy and competitiveness.
  • Assist in identifying the best models and analytical tools and methods for evaluating priority energy infrastructure needs.
  • Assist in identifying the best ways to incorporate environmental goals into the analyses of infrastructure needs, especially climate change mitigation goals.
  • Assist in assessing associated energy infrastructure priority needs, regulatory and other institutional barriers, to meeting these energy infrastructure needs in a cost-effective manner.
  • Assist in placing the scope of the QER and its specific infrastructure in an appropriate international context, with a special focus on North America.
  • Assist in designing a system to track progress on achieving QER goals.
  • Assist in engaging the private sector, State agencies, and non-government organizations on these energy infrastructure issues.


The initial phase of the Task Force ended in March 2014, with a brief presentation to the public at SEAB’s March 2014 meeting.  The Task Force will possibly have a second phase. 

SEAB QER Task Force Members:

SEAB Members:
  • Paul Joskow (TF Chair), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and MIT, Emeritus*
  • Frances Beinecke, Natural Resources Defense Council*
  • Dr. Coleman Jones, GM
  • John Deutch (ex-officio), MIT and Former Under Secretary of Energy*
  • Persis Drell (ex-officio), Former Director, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory*
  • Mr. Charles Gray, NARUC
  • Mr. John Hess, Hess Corporation
  • Prof. William Hogan, JFK School, Harvard
  • Shirley Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Former Chairman, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission*
  • Steve Koonin, Director - NYU's Center for Urban Science & Progress and Former Under Secretary for Science*
  • Prof. Mario Molina, University of California and Mario Molina Center for Energy and Environment
  • Dr. W. David Montgomery, NERA, D.C.
  • Dan Reicher, Stanford University*
  • Mr. Donald Santa, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
  • Dr. Maxine Savitz, Honeywell, Inc. (Retired)
  • Martha Schlicher, Monsanto Company*
  • Dr. Steven Specker, Former President, EPRI
  • Dr. Susan Tierney, Analysis Group
  • Dan Yergin (ex-officio), IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates*

*SEAB Member

Designated Federal Officer:  

Karen Gibson, Office of Secretarial Boards and Councils