History

Schlesinger and Nixons

  Dr. James R. Schlesinger — the first person to ever serve as U.S. Secretary of Energy — passed away on March 27, 2014. Known as the “father of the Energy Department,” Schlesinger was tasked by President Jimmy Carter with organizing various smaller agencies — including 40 field offices and about 20,000 employees — into the Energy… Keep reading →

API President & CEO, Jack Gerard

Most in the energy business know the American Petroleum Institute as a Washington DC-based oil and natural gas industry lobby, but some may be surprised to learn the organization’s first initiatives were the creation of an authoritative statistics program and an industry standardization drive. Keep reading →


It’s been sixty years since Argonne National Laboratory director Walter Zinn scribbled into his log book, “Electricity flows from atomic energy. Rough estimate indicates 45 kw.”

At 1:23pm on December 20, 1951 nuclear powered electricity worked for the first time, lighting four light bulbs in the lab. Keep reading →