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Susan F. Tierney, one of the founders of Clean Air – Cool Planet (CA-CP) and immediate past chair of the Portsmouth, NH-based climate non-profit, will be named as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy according to reports from sources close to the Obama transition team. Tierney was assistant secretary of energy for policy in the Clinton administration and more recently an energy and economics consultant with the Boston-based Analysis Group.
“It speaks well for the intentions of the Obama Administration to tackle the climate issue that someone of Sue Tierney’s caliber is named to a top position at the Department of Energy,” said Adam Markham, CEO of CA-CP, which Tierney helped found in 1999 to promote practical action on climate change. CA-CP has offices in New Canaan, CT and Washington, DC, as well as Portsmouth.
“Her depth of experience, economic expertise, and tremendous policy insight have made her a real leader in the climate and energy arena. This is an inspired choice and one that will help put the country on a path toward a sustainable energy policy,” Markham said.
A former Massachusetts public utility commissioner, Tierney was chair of the Energy Foundation and a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy. She has expertise on electric and gas industry issues and has consulted on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation, and strategy for corporations, government organizations, and non-profits while a managing partner at the Analysis Group.
Tierney served the Obama transition as a team leader for the Department of Energy.
CA-CP is the leading non-profit finding and promoting solutions to global warming in the northeast, creating partnerships with campuses, communities, corporations and science centers in the region to implement solutions to climate change and build contituencies for effective climate policies and actions.
CA-CP’s featured partner on its Website currently is Tom’s of Maine, producer of naturally derived personal care products. Since 2001, Tom’s has completed an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and begun implementing energy efficiency and “green” building measures. TFM covered the company’s foray into wind energy in an April 2006 article. The company worked with CA-CP on that endeavor.