A Conversation with Vincent DeVito

June 11, 2018 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council headquarters, 1030 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC, DC
A Conversation with Vincent DeVito, Counselor to the Secretary for Energy Policy at the US Department of the Interior

Opening remarks by:
David Livingston
Deputy Director for Climate and Advanced Energy, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council
Speaker’s remarks by:
Vincent DeVito
Counselor to the Secretary for Energy Policy
US Department of the Interior
Moderated discussion with:
Vincent DeVito
Counselor to the Secretary for Energy Policy
US Department of the Interior
Cynthia Quarterman
Distinguished Fellow, Global Energy  Center
Atlantic Council
Please join us on Monday, June 11, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., for a discussion with Vincent DeVito, Counselor to the Secretary for Energy Policy at the US Department of the Interior. Mr. DeVito will focus on the advanced energy aspects of the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” agenda.

Since its unveiling, the administration’s “energy dominance” agenda has been extensively covered in public news reports. However, the advanced energy aspects of the agenda, including microgrid, solar, wind, smart grid technology, and advanced nuclear issues, have received comparatively less attention. Mr. DeVito is very involved with these issues and is playing a key role in operationalizing the administration’s intention to learn best practices, work with both industry and stakeholders to improve the renewable energy development process, and develop offshore wind projects. The conversation will focus on the role that advanced energy might play in “energy dominance,” and what the Interior Department is doing to advance this.

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1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
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Vincent DeVito serves as counselor to the secretary for energy policy in order to strengthen and better coordinate the Department of Interior’s vast energy portfolio. The Department of Interior’s energy portfolio includes oil, gas, coal, hydroelectric, wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass. Mr. DeVito was appointed by Secretarial Order to advance the Trump administration’s goal of American energy independence.

The Department recognizes that the development of energy resources on public lands will increase domestic energy production, provide alternatives to overseas energy resources, create jobs, and enhance the energy security of the United States.

Mr. DeVito previously held several senior leadership roles at the US Department of Energy and within state energy offices. Most recently, Mr. DeVito was a capital partner at the law firm of Bowditch & Dewey, LLP in Boston with a corporate, regulatory, and, government affairs practice. Mr. DeVito is a licensed member of the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York, and US Supreme Court Bars. 

David Livingston is deputy director, climate and advanced energy, of the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center. 
He is also a fellow of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins University, and teaches a course on energy for the University of Southern California (USC) program in Washington, DC.
Previously, Livingston served as a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as the inaugural Robert S. Strauss fellow for geoeconomics at the Office of the US Trade Representative, where he concluded as acting assistant US trade representative for congressional affairs.
He also has worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.
Livingston was selected as a Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council, is an alumnus of the Atlantik Brücke Young Leaders Program, and serves on the advisory board of South by Southwest (SXSW) Cities and a number of social enterprise start-ups. 
He earned a BA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and an MSc with distinction from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Cynthia Quarterman is a distinguished fellow with the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. Quarterman served as the administrator of the US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), from 2009 until 2014. She has been a key policymaker in energy development, safety, and transportation since the Clinton administration. 

Throughout her expert handling of complicated issues, including deep-water oil and gas exploration and production, royalty collection, liquefied national gas (LNG) facilities, and the truck, rail, and pipeline transportation of the nation's new energy bounty, Quarterman has been a steadfast advocate for responsible energy development and prudent regulations. Quarterman served as the head of PHMSA during the Obama administration and as director of the former Minerals Management Service during the Clinton administration. She has also served in numerous other capacities within the Department of the Interior and was a member of the Obama administration transition team at the Department of Energy. In addition to extensive experience within the federal government, Quarterman was also previously a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe and Johnson LLP, where her practice focused on issues related to transportation and energy.