Director – Duke University Energy Initiative
Dr. Richard G. Newell is the Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University and Director of the Duke University Energy Initiative. In 2009, he was confirmed by the Senate as the head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the agency responsible for official U.S. government energy statistics and analysis, where he served until 2011. Dr. Newell has also served as the Senior Economist for energy and environment on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. He is on the Board of Directors and is a University Fellow of Resources for the Future, where he was previously a Senior Fellow. He is a Research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has provided expert advice and consulted with many private, governmental, non-governmental, and international institutions.
Dr. Newell has published widely on the economics of markets and policies for energy, the environment, and related technologies, including incentives for technological innovation and adoption. He has served on numerous boards and National Academy of Sciences (NAS) expert committees related to energy, environment, and innovation, including NAS committees on Energy R&D, Innovation Inducement Prizes, Energy Externalities, and Energy Efficiency. He has also participated in the National Petroleum Council (NPC) studies on the Future of Transportation Fuels, the North American Resource Base, and Global Oil and Gas. Dr. Newell holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a M.P.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a B.S. and B.A. from Rutgers University.