Manager, Climate and Clean Energy
Zoë Brouns
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Zoë Brouns is a Manager with the Technology & Innovation team, working specifically on climate and clean energy projects. Previously, she conducted research on federal government effectiveness at the Partnership for Public Service, and has also conducted research on institutions, governance, and environmental policy. She holds an M.S. in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh.

publications
Technology & Innovation
Blog
The DOE’s Proactive FY25 Budget Is Another Workforce Win On the Way to Staffing the Energy Transition

DOE has spent considerable time in the last few years focused on how to strengthen the Department’s workforce and deliver on its mission. The FY25 budget request looks to continue those investments.

05.07.24 | 3 min read
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Technology & Innovation
Blog
DOE’s FY25 Budget Request Remains Committed to the U.S. Transition to Clean Energy

The Administration has continued to push for further clean energy investments, but faces a difficult fiscal environment in Congress – which has meant shortfalls for many priority areas like funding for CHIPS and Science.

05.03.24 | 6 min read
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Technology & Innovation
Blog
Dr. Omer Onar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Moving the Needle on Wireless Power Transfer

Dr. Onar’s work today will enable faster, more secure wireless charging for electric vehicle fleets, household appliances, and more.

04.29.24 | 6 min read
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Technology & Innovation
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Dr. Rebecca Glaser, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, Energy Storage (for the People) and Policy Expert

At the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, Dr. Glaser is paving the way for cutting-edge energy storage and battery technologies to scale up.

04.17.24 | 5 min read
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Technology & Innovation
Blog
Dr. Shawn Chen, Office of Science, Practical Science for the Future of Clean Energy

With a PhD in materials science, a postdoc position at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and a stint as a AAAS Fellow, Dr. Shawn Chen has had a range of roles in the research community.

03.14.24 | 5 min read
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Technology & Innovation
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Dr. Hannah Schlaerth, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, Clearing the Air with the Clean Energy Corps

Despite the uphill battle the country is facing, Dr. Schlaerth feels optimistic about the future possibilities of industrial decarbonization.

02.27.24 | 5 min read
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Technology & Innovation
Blog
Stephanie Bostwick, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Training the Next Generation of Clean Energy Experts

“The awesome thing is that folks are really interested in a conversion to clean energy and what they can do to support the Tribe. It’s really fun to go out there and see that people want to move in that direction.”

02.13.24 | 5 min read
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Technology & Innovation
day one project
Policy Memo
Finding True North: How Community Navigator Programs Can Forward Distributional Justice

Community navigator programs can provide much-needed capacity combined with deep place-based knowledge to create local champions with expertise in accessing federal funding.

01.30.24 | 15 min read
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Technology & Innovation
Blog
Dr. Adria Brooks, Grid Deployment Office,
Transmission Champion

From the forests of Western Massachusetts, to the desert mountains of Arizona, to the frosty fields of Wisconsin, Dr. Adria Brooks has made a career out of teaching others why they should care about clean energy.

01.22.24 | 6 min read
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Technology & Innovation
Blog
Dr. Olivia Lee, Grid Deployment Office (GDO),
Fighting for Resilient Communities

From the rugged snowbanks of Alaska to the tropical seaside of Hawai’i, Dr. Olivia Lee Mei Ling has sought to improve the access to, and delivery of, energy. To understand her journey to the Department of Energy and her work today, our story begins in Alaska.

01.17.24 | 6 min read
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Technology & Innovation
Blog
Geothermal is having a moment. Here’s how the Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation can make sure it lasts.

Despite the hype, the uptake of geothermal energy is still relatively low, with only 0.4% of U.S. electricity generated by geothermal.

10.26.23 | 6 min read
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Technology & Innovation
Report
State of the Federal Clean Energy Workforce

DOE has made significant progress towards its clean energy talent and implementation goals, but there is more progress to be made.

07.31.23 | 23 min read
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