Terry Surles
Senior Advisor,
Enabling Technologies

For more than 30 years, Terry Surles has been a leader in agencies and efforts focused on energy and the environment. Long a close collaborator with CIEE, he played a key role in evaluating policies and advancing research on carbon sequestration, as well as in furthering the use of information technology to transform grid operations.

Early in his career, he spent nearly 20 years in energy and environment work at Argonne National Laboratory, becoming general manager of environmental programs for the lab. He went on to a series of key roles, including deputy secretary for science and technology at the California Environmental Protection Agency, associate lab director for energy programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, program director for the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program and assistant director for science and technology at the California Energy Commission, and vice president of the Electric Power Research Institute.