PALO ALTO, Calif., June 18, 2004 — Terry Surles, Ph.D. has been appointed as vice president for the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), a non-profit, research and development organization affiliated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
“We’re pleased to welcome Terry Surles to our team. He has done a tremendous job for the State of California advancing energy technology innovations for public benefit. His expertise will be invaluable in our collaboration with public and private stakeholders as we tackle the big challenges and opportunities facing the electricity sector today,” said T.J. Glauthier, E2I president and CEO.
Surles will report to Glauthier with responsibility for bringing international, federal and state agencies into strong partnerships with the private sector to address strategic 21st Century electricity R&D needs. He will also take an active role in guiding the technical work in some of E2I’s initiatives to develop program demonstrations and advanced technologies.
“Public/private partnerships are vital in sustaining strategic change and focusing on broad public benefits that enhance economic growth, environmental quality, and system reliability. They pave the way for linking new innovations with implementation standards, governmental processes, and a competitive marketplace that’s dealing with a multiplicity of activities,” Surles said. “E2I provides me an opportunity to bring the key stakeholders together in a way that can truly make a difference.”
Surles has more than 30 years of experience in analyzing and studying energy and environmental issues. He served most recently as program manager of the Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER) and as assistant director for science and technology for the California Energy Commission (CEC).
Before joining the Energy Commission, Surles spent most of his career in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Laboratory system, most recently at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he was associate director for energy programs. Previously he spent 19 years at Argonne National Laboratory, where his most recent position was general manager for environmental programs.
In 1997-1998, Governor Pete Wilson named Surles to the position of deputy secretary for science and technology at the California Environmental Protection Agency. There, he enhanced the state’s technology certification program, the first of its kind in the United States, which received several awards for governmental innovation.
Surles is a member of advisory committees for distributed energy resources at the National Energy Laboratory of Hawaii in Kona and the Gas Technology Institute in Des Plaines, Ill., as well as a member of the DOE’s review and strategic planning panels for electricity systems and distributed energy resources. Surles serves on the board of directors for the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the University of California Energy Institute in Berkeley.
He holds a doctorate in analytical chemistry from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Lawrence University in New York.
The Electricity Innovation Institute’s mission is to stimulate innovation in strategic electricity technologies through public/private partnerships. The non-profit public benefit organization is an EPRI affiliate based in Palo Alto, Calif. E2I’s focus is to develop strategic technology innovations with the potential to transform the value of electricity to customers and society and provide great public benefits. Visit E2I at www.e2i.org
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., was established in 1973 as a non-profit center for public interest energy and environmental research. EPRI’s collaborative science and technology development program now spans nearly every area of power generation, delivery and use. More than 1,000 energy organizations and public institutions in 40 countries draw on EPRI’s global network of technical and business expertise. Visit EPRI at www.epri.com.