Hydropower, Solar, Wind Power

Office of Energy Efficiency and RE Restructured

The Department of Energy office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has been restructured in what Assistant Secretary for EERE David Garman called a streamlining and integrating program.

WASHINGTON, D.C. 2002-03-25 [SolarAccess.com] Announced earlier this week, the restructuring came as a result of Garman’s analysis of the functioning of the department and its focus on sectors rather than programs, which caused duplication and conflict with corporate approaches. “There are too many layers between me and many of you,” Garman said in the restructuring report. “I did not originally plan to reorganize, however, in moving ahead, I decided that anew organization was needed.” Garman has been in the post since May 31, 2001, after being nominated by President George W. Bush earlier that year. He previously served in a variety of positions on the staff of two U.S. Senators and two Senate Committees during a career spanning nearly 21 years. Most recently, Mr. Garman served as Chief of Staff to Alaska Senator Frank H. Murkowski. Mr. Garman also served on the professional staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Garman’s office performed a strategic program review, which consisted of an in-depth review of all EERE programs based on several management agenda points passed down from the White House. Among those are the desire to ‘flatten’ organizations; a focus on results, not process; a link of budget with performance; an end to overlapping of functions, inefficiencies and turf battles; and to make the most of our people, their knowledge, skills and abilities. As part of the reorganization, Garman said he will not reduce the EERE workforce; will make the changes in partnership with the union; would strive for a structure that empowers the people managing the programs and emphasized that the ‘gain’ from reorganizing would outweigh the ‘pain’ of reorganizing. The “new streamlined, integrated and focused ” organizational model brings the EERE programs to the forefront of the organization. In the new system, the principal deputy, Douglas Faulkner, will chair the board of directors and work on integration of business management with a greater focus on program management. The programs managed by the department have been put into 11 categories. They are: -Solar: PV, CSP and low temp collectors. -Wind & Hydropower: all wind and hydropower and other ‘fluid dynamic’ work such as ocean enrgy. -Geothermal -Distributed energy, electricity, infrastructure and reliability: no longer includes fuel cells and hydrogen. -Biomass -Industrial Technologies -FreedomCAR & vehicle technologies: hybrid systems R&D, electric vehicle R&D. -Hydrogen & Infrastructure: fuel cells, hydrogen. -Building technologies: building envelope systems, zero net energy buildings, Energy Star. -Weatherization & Intergovernmental Grants -Federal Energy Management Programs