The Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC has been awarded a five-year contract to manage and operate the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The new equally owned management entity pairs two nonprofit organizations – Midwest Research Institute (MRI) and Battelle – in a partnership that will enhance NREL's leadership and provide greater, more innovative impact on accelerating achievement of national energy goals.
Dan Arvizu will continue to lead NREL as the laboratory's director and alliance president. The alliance also has brought in new high-level managers and has changed the responsibilities of others.
William Glover, deputy laboratory director and chief operating officer, will have authority over all NREL operations and business systems. He has a broad background in facility operations and maintenance, and technical, personnel, and business management. Glover has managed NREL operations since 2006.
Other personnel changes include the following:
– Joe Gantos, executive director of environment, health, safety, security and quality. He comes to NREL from Battelle Science and Technology International;
– Bobi Garrett, senior vice president of outreach, planning and analysis, will have authority for NREL's integrated analysis and strategic planning functions; and
– Robert McGrath, deputy laboratory director of science and technology, will lead all aspects of the laboratory's science and technology development.
The alliance will be governed by a 15-member board of directors composed of five executives each from MRI and Battelle, as well as representatives from five key collaborating universities, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.
SOURCE: National Renewable Energy Laboratory