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CGEP Distinguished Visiting Fellow Paul Dabbar to Testify before House on Role of AI in Powering America’s Energy Future

Washington, D.C. Paul Dabbar, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University SIPA and Chairman and CEO of Bohr Quantum Technologies, will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives’  Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security on Thursday, October 19, 2023. The hearing will examine the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the energy sector, including the potential benefits and challenges of the technology’s development and deployment. 

“Today’s hearing underscores the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence in the clean energy transition,” said Paul Dabbar, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at CGEP. “The U.S. needs to proactively address challenges in power supply and national security. By utilizing AI in government, to strategically address power demands, and to enhance national security measures, we can harness the benefits of AI while safeguarding our energy future.”

Prior to joining the Center, Dabbar served as Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from 2017-2021. At DOE, he served as the principal advisor on fundamental energy research, energy technologies, science, and commercialization of technologies. He also oversaw key areas of research including basic energy sciences, nuclear and high energy physics, advanced computing, and fusion.

Additional witnesses include Edward Abbo, President & Chief Technology Officer, C3 AI; Jeremy Renshaw, Senior Technical Executive – AI, Quantum, and Innovation, Electric Power Research Institute; and Sreedhar Sistu, Vice President, Artificial Intelligence, Schneider Electric.

The hearing will be live streamed at 10:30am ET on the House committee’s website. Dabbar’s testimony will be made available at on October 19.