After 20 years of leadership at the Energy Institute, Haas Professor Severin Borenstein will be stepping down as faculty director June 30. Associate Professor Lucas Davis will assume the role of Faculty Director alongside Professor Catherine Wolfram, who has shared the role with Borenstein since 2009.
Borenstein (right) will remain an active member of the Energy Institute community. He plans to spend more time on energy economics research and participation in the policy process.
"It has been a great run and I'm very proud of what we have built at the Energy Institute, but it's important that an institution stay fresh and nimble,” Borenstein says. “I'm confident that Catherine and Lucas bring those qualities to the Energy Institute and that they will be great intellectual leaders of EI."
"I look forward to continuing to work closely with Severin as EI engages on California's and the world's most pressing energy challenges," says Wolfram (left). "Rigorous analysis is more important than ever to develop effective policies that foster efficient markets and address climate change."
Davis (right) adds, "Under Severin's leadership the Energy Institute has become a globally recognized hub for energy markets research. I look forward to continuing EI's commitment to training future generations of energy leaders and producing the highest quality research."
Wolfram and Lucas will be working with Andy Campbell (left), who joined the Energy Institute as executive director in February, and Karen Notsund, the associate director, who has been at EI since 2001. Campbell brings a wide breadth of experience in the energy industry to the position, including working in Citigroup's Global Energy Group, at ExxonMobil as a reservoir engineer, and at startups offering new energy efficiency and electric grid management technologies and services. He also served as a senior adviser to two commissioners at the California Public Utilities Commission.