Dr. Daniel Yergin, IHS vice chairman and Pulitzer Prize-winning energy expert, has received the first James R. Sclesinger Medal for Energy Security. US Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz presented the award in a ceremony at the US Department of Energy.
The medal honors an “individual’s distinguished contributions to advancing our understanding of the threats, opportunities and energy policy choices impacting the domestic and international energy security interests of the United States through analysis, policy or practice.”
It will be presented annually to individuals outside the Department of Energy and will complement the existing Schlesinger Award for outstanding performance of a Department of Energy employee in advancing contributions of national importance.
Dr. Yergin “has made unique contributions to the energy sector debate. His singular influence over the discussion of energy – and public understanding of the history and future trends of energy is unmatched” said Moniz.
“I am extremely honored to be presented with this distinguished medal by Secretary Moniz and the US Department of Energy,” Dr. Yergin said. “The strengthening of the United States’ energy position through advancements such as the US-led revolution in unconventional oil and gas production as well as the continued innovation and progress of renewables has been one of the major developments of this young century. The ever-growing importance of energy to our daily lives makes the work of the Department of Energy under Secretary Moniz’s distinguished leadership all the more vital and I am extremely grateful for this honor.
“The need to focus on energy security is continually driven home, whether by Middle East turmoil, the huge storms that have disrupted the Gulf Coasts and New York or cyber threats,” Dr. Yergin added. “All this reinforces the great focus on energy security that James Schlesinger clearly defined and represents part of his lasting contribution to the United States.”