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February 21, 2019

First Members Announced for Energy Secretary Advisory Board

By ExchangeMonitor

Current and former executives with connections to the nuclear industry are among the eight members announced Wednesday to the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB).

Former EnergySolutions Chairman and CEO David Lockwood and Edison International President and CEO Pedro Pizarro joined leaders from the energy industry, defense establishment, and other sectors on the panel’s initial lineup. More members are expected to be announced later, topping out at about 20.

“I am pleased to announce the Secretary of @ENERGY Advisory Board members and I look forward to working with this team to enhance energy security, innovation, and the nuclear security enterprise,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry tweeted on Wednesday.

The board’s operations are expected to cost the department $400,000 per year, including one full-time equivalent employee, according to the charter issued last August. It is intended to meet on a quarterly basis. The board will expire two years after the date of the charter unless the charter is renewed.

The other board members are: former Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Norman Augustine; Falcon Seaboard founder, Chairman, and CEO David Dewhurst; Occidental Petroleum President and CEO Vicki Hollub; retired U.S. Navy Adm. Richard Mies; Samantha Ravich, chair of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; and Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS Markit.

The first SEAB meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 5, at DOE headquarters, 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Room 8E– 089, in Washington, D.C. “The tentative meeting agenda includes: Introduction of SEAB’s members, informational briefings, and an opportunity for comments from the public,” according to a Federal Register notice.

While the meeting is open to the public, interested parties must RSVP by 5 p.m. Feb. 28 to seab@hq.doe.gov. Messages must include the attendees’ name, organization, nation of citizenship, and contact information. Attendees will be required to show REAL ID compliant, government-issued identification to enter the meeting.