The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a discussion and update on the U.S. Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) with Melanie Kenderdine, Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, and Energy Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy. President Obama launched the QER in January 2014, an interagency effort aimed at understanding how the U.S. can meet the goal of affordable, clean, and secure energy and energy services. The first QER focuses on energy infrastructure and will identify the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security against the backdrop of:

  • The transformation of energy supplies, markets, and patterns of end-use;
  • Issues of aging and capacity;
  • Cyber and physical threats; and,
  • Vulnerabilities related to the growing interdependence of energy systems with water, telecommunications, transportation, and emergency response system.

Ms. Kenderdine provided an update on the QER and discussed how the QER can address these challenges and enable the U.S. government to translate policy goals into a set of integrated actions at the local, state, regional and federal levels. Center Director Jason Bordoff moderated the discussion following the presentation.

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