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Keynote Speaker

Sue Tierney, Ph.D.

Sue Tierney, a Senior Advisor at Analysis Group, is an expert on energy economics, regulation, and policy, particularly in the electric industry. She has consulted to businesses, governments, grid operators, tribes, environmental groups, foundations, and other organizations on energy markets, and economic and environmental regulation and strategy.  Previously, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, and in Massachusetts she was the Secretary of Environmental Affairs and Commissioner at the Department of Public Utilities.
She chairs NREL’s External Advisory Council, chairs the ClimateWorks Foundation Board, and is a director of the Barr Foundation, World Resources Institute, Resources for the Future, the Alliance to Save Energy, the Energy Foundation, and the Keystone Center. She is a Visiting Fellow in Policy Practice at the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute.  She serves on the National Academies of Sciences’ Advisory Committee of the Climate Communications Initiative and was recently a member of the NAS Committee on Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation’s Electric Power Transmission and Distribution System.

She recently chaired the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee, was co-lead author of the energy chapter of the National Climate Assessment, and served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Energy/MIT/Clean Energy Ministerial.  Sue earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in regional planning at Cornell University.