Cathy Zoi is the Acting Under Secretary for Energy and Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in her Assistant Secretary role on June 19, 2009. Ms. Zoi oversees a broad energy portfolio, including the Offices of Electricity Delivery and Reliability, EERE, Fossil Energy, Nuclear Energy, Environmental Management, and Legacy Management. Ms. Zoi manages over $30 billion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, as well as a base budget of over $10 billion in applied research and development and nuclear waste management. Included in her purview are a multitude of programs for improving the nation's energy infrastructure, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy security, and creating jobs. These range from weatherizing 600,000 homes to deploying 20,000 electric vehicle charging stations; from implementing the smart grid to capturing and storing carbon emissions; from restarting the nuclear power industry to investing in solar energy manufacturing, wind turbine reliability, and biofuels technologies. Ms. Zoi also oversees the safe and cost-effective cleanup of radioactive waste and facilities associated with the nation's weapons research programs.
Ms. Zoi draws on more than two decades of experience in energy development and deployment in both the public and private sectors. Areas of past emphasis have included utility generation, planning, and policy; renewable energy start-ups; programs and products to support efficiency; smart meters; energy and resource modeling; and natural gas markets.