Eric Hsieh is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Storage in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity (OE), where he leads efforts to accelerate the next generation of energy storage technologies that deliver reliability, resilience, economic, and efficiency benefits. Mr. Hsieh also co-chairs the crosscutting Energy Storage Grand Challenge, which coordinates departmental priorities such as the Long-Duration Storage Energy Earthshot. He is an energy policy, financial, and engineering thought leader with nearly 20 years of experience in improving energy delivery through innovation. Prior to his current role, Mr. Hsieh was the Director of Grid Components and Systems within OE. As Director of Grid Components and Systems, Mr. Hsieh led strategy development and execution for grid hardware innovations including power conversion, energy storage, and robotics. He has more than 10 years of federal service, having also been the Director of the Office of Finance and Incentive Analysis, where he applied geospatial and computational techniques to modernize utility industry analysis.
Over the course of his professional career, Mr. Hsieh has held executive positions with several industry-leading firms and government associations. Before joining DOE, Mr. Hsieh was the Director of Business and Market Development at Nexans/The Valley Group, a global power transmission solutions provider, where he led worldwide efforts to deploy dynamic line rating technologies. Prior to that, at A123 Systems, a developer and manufacturer of advanced batteries for the electric grid, he helped the company reach its first 100 MW of deployed grid-connected battery storage. He has also held roles at National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Mr. Hsieh authored and co-authored pieces published in journals such as IEEE Electrification Magazine, Electricity Journal, and ElectroIndustry; as well as delivering presentations at respected industry-leading conferences across the country. In 2019, Mr. Hsieh was named one of “Fortnightly’s Under 40” as part of Public Utilities Fortnightly’s “next generation of up-and-comers in the utilities industry.” Mr. Hsieh holds a master’s in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering (with a concentration in AI) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.