Michelle Manary and Michael Pesin are Deputy Assistant Secretaries for the U.S. Department of Energy.
The new administration set forth ambitious decarbonization goals including a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, and a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy by 2050. Achieving these challenging goals won't be easy.
That's why the electric transmission grid is garnering great interest these days. It has been around for a long time, but needs have changed, with more renewables coming online and in many cases, in queue.
The experts at the Department of Energy are in the midst of grid modernization efforts and two of them took time from their hard work to discuss with PUF how to meet these ambitious decarbonization goals. Enjoy these conversations with DOE's Michelle Manary, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Energy Resilience Division in the Office of Electricity, and Michael Pesin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development Division in the Office of Electricity.
Michelle Manary, Deputy Assistant Secretary
PUF's Steve Mitnick: Describe your department and new responsibilities at the DOE.
Michelle Manary: If we're going to meet the Administration's 2035 electric industry decarbonization goals we've got to think of generation like wind, solar, and nuclear, but also got to think about how to get it to people. That's the transmission piece.