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Carol joined the Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) after 25 years in the energy industry with Standard Oil and BP. In 2008 and 2009 she led the technical evaluation for the $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program as well as the $2.3 billion Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit initiative. In 2010 she took over management of EERE field operations, including direct leadership of the Golden, Colorado office which provides service for all of EERE. This office typically is responsible for about $1billion of clean energy grants and research projects and during the Recovery Act managed $7 billion of grants, research and construction. In 2013 she joined the new DOE office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis where she was a key contributor on the multi-Agency Quadrennial Energy Review.
Her last roles at BP included:
- Vice President, Policy and Strategy for BP Alternative Energy where she was instrumental in developing the strategy and business case for an $8 billion investment to launch and grow the new BP Alternative Energy division, and
- Vice President, Renewables and Alternative Fuels where she directed BP's global activities in hydrogen research and wind power, as well as managed BP's "green energy" marketing and consulting company.
Additional energy industry positions have included operations and strategy roles in retail fuels marketing, strategy and financial roles in business-to-business fuels marketing, as well a corporate role in environmental policy and a development role as chief of staff to one of BP's most senior executives. She began her career as a refinery engineer in Ohio.
Carol has a BS in engineering from Purdue University where she specialized in environmental engineering and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
She has worked in a variety of locations in the United States, and has spent ten years living and working in Europe.