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Tommy Beaudreau

United States Department of the Interior

Deputy Secretary

Tommy Beaudreau returns to Interior after serving for nearly seven years at the Department during the Obama-Biden administration, including as the first director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, and Chief of Staff to Secretary Sally Jewell. Deputy Secretary Beaudreau has more than a decade of experience in energy development, environmental conservation, and Tribal consultation. He was born in Colorado, raised in Alaska, and currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.

Sessions With Tommy Beaudreau

Wednesday, 8 March

  • 04:55pm - 05:35pm (CST) / 08/mar/2023 10:55 pm - 08/mar/2023 11:35 pm

    Big Shovels: Supplying minerals for the energy future

    Energy Infrastructure/Supply Chain
    The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is disrupting the status quo. Capturing and distributing renewable energy and enabling the shift to electric vehicles will drive soaring demand for the required minerals as the global economy undergoes consequent restructuring. The scale and speed of the mineral supply needed to meet surging demand will pose challenges, potentially delaying adoption of new low-carbon technologies. Will government policies and climate goals amplify demand for copper, cobalt, nickel, lithium, rare earths and other minerals? Will regulatory hurdles hamper investment? How severe might the mismatch between mineral supply and future demand be, globally and in the United States? How are renewable project developers factoring for the call on minerals needed to power technologies?