Speaker - Cathy Zoi

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Ms. Zoi joined Silver Lake in 2011 and is a Partner of Silver Lake Kraftwerk. She has more than 25 years of experience in energy and resource development and deployment in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Silver Lake, Ms. Zoi was a senate-confirmed senior executive in the U.S. Department of Energy, serving as Acting Under Secretary for Energy and Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (“EERE”). She oversaw a broad energy portfolio, including the Offices of Electricity Delivery and Reliability, EERE, Fossil Energy, Nuclear Energy, and Environmental Management. She managed over $30 billion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, as well as over $10 billion in applied research and development and nuclear waste management. In this role Ms. Zoi led the research, investment, and commercialization activities for solar, biofuels, wind, geothermal, water, nuclear, smart grid, transmission, building, and industrial energy efficiency, next-generation vehicles, energy storage, and carbon capture and sequestration. She oversaw the evaluation and award of hundreds of energy technology development proposals from entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, and national laboratories; and helped design research partnerships to accelerate game-changing breakthroughs in photovoltaics, biofuels, and building technologies. Ms. Zoi also spearheaded policy discussions related to a national clean energy standard, appliance efficiency standards, ‘Home Star’ legislation, utility regulation, and building codes.

From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Zoi was the founding chief executive officer of the Alliance for Climate Protection, which was established and chaired by former Vice President Al Gore. From 2003 to 2006, she served as the group executive director at Bayard Capital (renamed Landis+Gyr Holdings), which through a ‘buy and build’ strategy became a world leader in energy measurement technologies and systems. During Ms. Zoi’s time at Bayard, the firm acquired Landis+Gyr, Cellnet, Email, Ampy, Hunt Technologies, and Enermet. In May 2011 Toshiba announced it would buy Landis+Gyr Holdings for $2.3 billion. Previously, while living in Australia, she was the assistant director general of the New South Wales Environmental Protection Agency and the founding chief executive officer of the Sustainable Energy Development Authority -- a $50 million fund to commercialize greenhouse-friendly technology. Prior to moving to Australia, Ms. Zoi served as the Chief of Staff in the White House Office on Environmental Policy in the Clinton-Gore Administration and as a manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she pioneered the Energy Star Program. Ms. Zoi also worked as an energy economist at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and as a senior associate advising utility clients of ICF International. She has served on boards and advisory committees of a variety of companies in the clean technology sector. Ms. Zoi holds a B.S. in Geology from Duke University (magna cum laude) and an M.S. in Engineering from Dartmouth College.

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The Entrepreneurial Race to Innovate a New Energy Future

06.04.12 | 01:03:24 min | 0 comments