The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design has named three new senior fellows: William Hederman, former senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy; John Quigley, former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; and Howard Neukrug, previously the CEO of Philadelphia Water and a senior fellow at the U.S. Water Alliance.
Each will serve in this role for the 2016-17 academic year. Neukrug will also hold a fellowship position at Penn’s Fels Institute of Government.
“PennDesign has a long tradition of bringing together the worlds of research and practice around matters of crucial public interest,” said Frederick Steiner, incoming dean and Paley Professor at PennDesign, “especially those centered on the environment and natural resources.”
The three new appointees join Ken Kulak, a partner at law firm Morgan Lewis, and Anna Mikulska, a nonresident scholar in energy studies at the Baker Institute, as Kleinman Center senior fellows.
William Hederman most recently served as senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, a position in which he worked as the senior policy analyst on the department’s missions to Ukraine, the Baltics and Germany. He was also chief architect for the analytic framework of the Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review, a new strategic report from the White House.
As the Enron and California crises unfolded, he formed the Office of Market Oversight and Investigations at the request of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair; that body has been recognized for playing a major role in restoring confidence in electricity and natural gas regulation. In July, General Dynamics named Hederman managing director of its IT division, where he will lead energy cybersecurity initiatives.
During the spring 2016 semester, Hederman taught his first course at Penn, through the Kleinman Center, and this fall he will lead “Introduction to Energy Policy,” which draws students from across the University. He will also contribute to the Kleinman blog, with posts like his first about how the energy industry can model itself after SpaceX.
John Quigley, who began his work at Penn on July 1, brings to the University expertise in energy policy making, including the regulation of oil and gas extraction and transportation, alternative energy and natural resource conservation. This role follows his tenure as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Environmental Protection, which concluded this past May.
This fall, Quigley will give a public lecture about Pennsylvania’s energy and environmental policy challenges, and during the spring, he’ll teach a seminar as part of a Kleinman Center’s Topics in Energy Policy sequence. In this role, he will also write blog posts and policy digests to frame energy-policy issues for regional and national audiences, something he has already begun, with a post about fracking and sustainability, and another about clean energy jobs in Pennsylvania.
Howard Neukrug is a national expert and leader in drinking water, water resources and wastewater utility management. He is recognized as a builder of regional and interagency coalitions and also trust-based relationships with regulators, legislators, environmental and consumer advocates and communities. He began his work at Penn on July 1.
In addition to his new fellowship roles with the Kleinman Center and the Fels Policy Research Initiative, Neukrug is currently the principal of CASE Environmental LLC, a senior fellow at the U.S. Water Alliance, an advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service and a lecturer at Penn, where he teaches “Water, Science and Politics,” “Sustainable Cities” and “Future Trends in the Water Industry.” Prior to this senior fellow appointment, Neukrug worked for 37 years at Philadelphia Water.
While at Penn, Neukrug will present a lecture and contribute to the Kleinman Center website with blog posts and policy digests.