Daniel Griffiths, Deputy Secretary for Energy and Technology Deployment, announced his retirement this week from the Department of Environmental Protection.
Griffiths served in the position since June of 2008. Prior to his appointment as deputy he served as Director of the Bureau of Energy, Innovations and Technology Deployment.
Before arriving at DEP, Griffiths worked for nearly seven years as a senior analyst with the state's Office of Consumer Advocate. There, he represented consumer interests in cases before the electricity grid operator PJM and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He also helped develop policies on renewable energy, distributed energy, and demand-side management, and analyzed energy supplies, prices and markets.
From 1979 to 1997, Griffiths worked with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in roles of increasing responsibility, starting as a research analyst and later as the manager of planning and research in the Bureau of Consumer Services. During his last seven years with the PUC, he served as the energy assistant to then-Commissioner David W. Rolka.
Griffiths worked as a senior level executive in the private sector after leaving the PUC. He served as vice president for corporate development at New Energy Ventures, the director of operations at the Energy Cooperative Association of Pennsylvania, and as a senior consultant for Customized Energy Solutions.
Andrew G. Place was named Acting Deputy Secretary for Energy and Technology Deployment at the Department of Environmental Protection. He is responsible for developing state energy policies; for supporting economic development initiatives related to energy; for providing technical advice related to electricity, fuels and climate change; and for supporting energy aspects of Pennsylvania’s emergency management operations.
Prior to this, he served as Special Assistant for Energy and Climate Change to Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger.
Before entering public service in 2009, Mr. Place was a Research Fellow in Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy with a research interest in Carbon Capture and Sequestration Innovation. He earned his B.A in economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.