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Thomas J. King

Thomas J. King is the Director of the Energy Efficiency and Electricity Program at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. He is responsible for leading, coordinating and implementing ORNL's research and development portfolio of projects conducted for the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. The diverse portfolio includes Renewable Energy technologies - Solar, Wind and Hydropower, Biomass and Geothermal systems; Building Technologies; Federal Energy Management; and Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs; and the Electricity Delivery Program focused on Smart Grid and Advanced Systems R&D.Prior to ORNL, Tom was employed at Progress Energy. He also was a program manager at DOE. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and an M.S. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also received a MBA degree from the University of Tennessee.

How Do We Become Energy Independent?

Energy independence has both national security and environmental implications. In order to address both national goals of security and environment, the entire energy supply chain needs to be addressed. One technology alone will not be able to address our energy challenge. This country needs an influx of innovation across generation, delivery and end-use applications. Innovative technologies and approaches will be highlighted that can help advance the nation forward and meet its energy goals.