The Washington, D.C., office of LBL's Environmental Energy Technologies Division opened its doors in May 1993. It is headed by Stephen Wiel, who joined LBL in 1992 with the mission of establishing the D.C. office. He served eight years as a public service commissioner in Nevada, during which he distinguished himself as chairman of NARUC's Conservation Committee for almost four years. Steve is assisted by Jeffrey Harris, who had been in Washington on temporary assignment to DOE and is remaining on permanent assignment to the D.C. office. The two are supported by Moira Howard as office manager.
LBL's Environmental Energy Technologies Division established the office to gain a better understanding of the needs and desires of its clients through closer contact and to help researchers in the Division design and conduct projects in ways that better satisfy client needs. The office will also house project work that can be performed more efficiently in D.C. and, of course, will provide administrative support to Berkeley staff members during their frequent trips to Washington.
The office actually conducted its first business even before it opened. On the Friday afternoon before the first day of operations, Steve met with two visitors from the International Energy Agency there. During this meeting, Steve also fielded the office's first official phone call. The voice on the phone asking for Art Rosenfeld's fax number turned out to be a White House staff member who had "gotten the number from information."
The new office suite was remodeled to showcase state-of-the-art, energy-efficient lighting, office equipment, and other end uses. The 25-person conference room is available to anyone who would like to use it for a purpose consistent with the Division's mission. The office is located near DOE's Forrestal building at 1250 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 150, Washington, D.C. 20024; the phone number is (202) 484-0880 and the fax number is (202) 484-0888.
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