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CCEE’s Joseph DeCarolis joins EIA as new administrator

Dr. Joseph DeCarolis

CCEE professor and University Faculty Scholar Dr. Joseph DeCarolis joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the new administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on April 11, 2022. 

“I’m incredibly honored to lead the amazing team at @EIAgov,” DeCarolis tweeted. “Given the complex and evolving energy challenges we face as a nation, EIA data and non-partisan analysis have never been more important.”

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said she feels grateful for the confirmation.

“Now more than ever, Americans need timely, relevant, and accurate information about the U.S. energy sector,” Granholm said. “Joseph’s deep technical expertise and prior government service make him the perfect fit for this role, especially as he shepherds new efforts at the EIA to model immense growth and opportunities in clean energy and zero-carbon technologies. I am thrilled that he’s willing to serve the American people once again, and we’re so excited to welcome him to DOE.”  

DeCarolis’ research at CCEE focuses on energy issues informed by engineering, economics and public policy. He co-leads an open-source modeling effort involving a large multi-institutional research team, leads an interdisciplinary faculty group at NC State focused on sustainable energy and established a university-wide Energy Collaborative.

Prior to joining CCEE, DeCarolis was an environmental scientist within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development, focusing on the air quality impacts of future energy system development. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. from Clark University in Physics and Environmental Science & Policy. In addition to being named a University Faculty Scholar in 2018, DeCarolis received an NSF CAREER Award in 2010, ASEE Southeastern Section’s Outstanding New Teacher Award in 2011, and the ALCOA Research Achievement Award in 2016.

“Joseph DeCarolis is going to be an incredible EIA Administrator,” tweeted CCEE associate professor Dr. Jeremiah Johnson. “We will miss him at NC State and the Open Energy Outlook Project.”

“I can only second the statement offered by DOE Secretary Granholm,” said CCEE Head Dr. Morton Barlaz. ” I am thrilled that Joe will be able to bring his expertise to the EIA, and I appreciate his availability to serve the U.S, in this capacity.”