Granholm on AI, climate law and solar ‘big-footing’

By Brian Dabbs | 03/07/2024 06:17 AM EST

At the same event, White House adviser John Podesta discussed looming guidance on hydrogen tax credits.

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm speaks during a discussion about the Biden administration's industrial strategy for clean energy.

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is losing sleep over energy demand spikes tied to digital technologies like artificial intelligence and cryptocurrencies.

“That was literally keeping me up last night,” she told the audience at an event Wednesday sponsored by Axios.

But Granholm said AI could be instrumental in quickening permit approvals for new energy projects that will provide the energy needed to accommodate new demand.


“We’re developing a pilot [project] for this on public lands,” she said. “I do think that AI can be helpful in really helping us streamline a lot of this. More on that to come.”