New leadership at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will set strategic priorities for the work managed at the Vehicle Technologies Office and the Technology Integration Program. On Thursday, February 25th, 2021, Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of Energy. Secretary Granholm’s vision for Deploying the Clean Energy Revolution focuses on the cornerstone of President Biden’s climate agenda, “the goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.” Under Granholm’s leadership, DOE will play a critical role in, “developing and deploying the technologies that will deliver a clean energy revolution” which benefits the American people through, “cheap, abundant clean power delivered on a modern energy grid that is resilient and reliable.” Granholm also describes the importance of creating good-paying union jobs that will lift up communities that have been left behind. DOE is committed to promoting energy justice by leading the effort to develop programs, policies, and activities that address the disproportionate health, environmental, economic, and climate impacts on disadvantaged communities. The DOE Senior Leaders appointed by the Biden-Harris Administration include Shalanda Baker as the first Deputy Director for Energy Justice & Secretary’s Advisor on Equity and Jennifer Jean Kropke as the first Director of Energy Jobs.
Learn about Secretary Granholm’s priorities in this 2-minute Message to America video.