News Nuggets: Berkeley Lab Hires Chief Sustainability Officer

Berkeley Lab Hires First Chief Sustainability Officer

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) hired John Elliot as its first chief sustainability officer.  Elliot spent the last five years working at UC Merced as director of energy and sustainability.

His job will be to oversee energy efficiency and sustainable practices at the Department of Energy laboratory as the crowded lab undergoes significant new construction on its 200-acre hilltop campus and lays plans for the 152-acre Richmond Bay Campus, slated to open in 2016.

To read the press release, click here

DOE Launches New Critical Materials Hub

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced it will invest $120 million over five years in a new critical materials hub, its fifth energy hub.

This hub will focus multidisciplinary research on critical materials such as rare earths, which are crucial for a growing number of energy technologies and face supply disruptions.

According to the DOE, the hub’s research will aim to advance U.S. leadership in energy-related manufacturing, including the production of electric vehicles, wind turbines, efficient lights, and other products.

The hub will build on the DOE’s 2011 Critical Materials Strategy report, which addresses the use of rare earths and other critical materials in clean energy components, products, and processes.

To read more about the Hub from the DOE, click here

Lincoln Renewable Energy Appoints First Chief Operating Officer

Lincoln Renewable Energy, a leading developer of U.S. solar and wind projects, announced the appointment of Dan Foley as its first-ever chief operating officer.

Most recently, Foley was CEO of Acciona Energy North America, overseeing its wind-and-solar energy portfolio throughout the United States and Canada.

According to the press release, the company has raised more than $100 million in external financing to fund its growth and is developing more than 30 solar and wind projects in 11 states managed from its offices in Chicago, Austin, Denver and Hoboken, N.J.

To read the press release, click here


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