The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tapped a top staffer with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to be the EPA’s next scientific integrity official.
Carol M. Browner, a former White House official and environmental regulator, is joining the advisory board of Opower, a company that works with the utility industry and consumers to encourage more effective energy use.
A former aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has joined the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), the organization recently announced.
Miles Baker, who has worked as Murkowski’s state director and finance and economic policy adviser, begins as AGDC's government relations and external affairs director on Oct. 21.
Bob Pease, a former official at two federal regulators, is saying goodbye to government and hello to a law firm.
He’s joining Bracewell & Giuliani, an energy-based firm, after 35 years in public service.
Private-equity giant Blackstone nabbed retired Gen. Wesley Clark, the former NATO supreme allied commander in Europe, to head the board of directors for its new energy development firm.
Fisterra Energy launched in January, spearheaded by industry veteran Pedro Barriuso and fueled by investor funds that are managed by Blackstone.
Arun Majumdar is leaving ARPA-E, a centerpiece of Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s push to develop next-wave green-energy technologies.
Michael Bromwich, the former Interior Department official who helped boost offshore drilling safety regulations in the aftermath of the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, has joined Boston-based law firm Goodwin Procter.
Bromwich will serve as a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, which is based in Washington and New York City. He will focus on corporate criminal investigations, among other things, according to a statement issued by the law firm Wednesday.
“Mike will add even more strength to our active national and international investigations practice and also provide clients with unparalleled experience and expertise in the energy sector,” Mark Tully, partner and chairman of Goodwin’s Litigation Department, said in a statement.
The World Resources Institute named Andrew Steer, the World Bank’s special envoy for climate change, as its new president Wednesday.
“Andrew is a dynamic and gifted leader, with a deep knowledge of sustainability issues and on-the-ground experience in the world’s most rapidly developing economies. As these issues become more urgent, Andrew is ideally suited to lead WRI in achieving its mission,” James Harmon, chairman of the environmental tank’s board of directors, said in a statement.
“A passionate and eloquent communicator, Andrew will champion the organization’s evidence-based and results-focused approach to build a healthier and more sustainable planet.”
Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee named Mike Bloomquist as the panel’s new general counsel Wednesday night.
Bloomquist, who previously served as the committee’s deputy general counsel, replaces Jim Barnette, a long-time Republican staffer on the panel.
“Mike’s quick wit and even demeanor have earned the trust of our committee’s members, and having him by our side as an advocate and advisor will continue to benefit the entire Energy and Commerce Committee,” committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in a statement.
A former Environmental Protection Agency and Senate staffer is opening a new policy shop in Washington.
Steven J. Shimberg on Wednesday announced the opening of SJSolutions and said he plans to "wor[k] with the administration and Congress to promote and protect clients' interests" and to "participat[e] in the development of government policies and regulations." His new firm will also challenge "harmful regulatory developments" in court and provide counsel to clients.
"The change gives me a lot more flexibility and freedom to work with a wider range of clients," Shimberg told The Hill. "I'm really looking forward to helping people navigate the DC-environmental policy arena."