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FRANZ WUERFMANNSDOBLER is a senior energy policy advisor with the Office of Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) where he serves as Senior Energy Policy Advisor to the Senator. His areas of interest are energy, the environment, manufacturing, and innovation.
Prior to this position, Mr. Wuerfmannsdobler served as a professional staff member on the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee as well as the Senior Energy Policy Advisor to Senator Byron L. Dorgan since January 2007. From 1998 to 2006, he was a legislative assistant for Senator Robert C. Byrd where he handled energy, environment, climate change, and natural resource issues.
Mr. Wuerfmannsdobler has been engaged in important elements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. His role included promoting reformed fuel economy, renewable fuels, energy efficiency, advanced clean coal, and international clean energy deployment standards and programs. Prior to his Senate tenure, he worked in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
Mr. Wuerfmannsdobler has a MSc in Environmental Management and Policy from Oxford University and a BA in cultural studies and history from the University of Denver.