Episode 179: New takes on energy independence and policies

Government policies, incentives, and funding directly impact gains in energy efficiency and energy independence. In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, Diana Sineva and Stephen Brown highlight recent policy changes in the United States and how it impacts the world and the oil and gas sector.

In this unique conversation, Diana and Stephen explain the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and why it’s important to incentivize and fund energy efficiency policies. They offer a distinctive perspective on pursuing energy independence and how businesses and consumers can utilize energy efficiency for their benefit. Additionally, Diana provides a path for geophysicists to thrive in any future energy environment.

This episode explores cutting-edge policy and research to offer a novel perspective on topics that will impact the world for generations.

Seismic Soundoff · 179: New takes on energy independence and policies


Diana Sineva is an energy industry expert and project/product management professional who dedicated more than 20 years to the international oil and gas exploration industry, focusing on emerging technologies, process optimization, and corporate sustainability. The energy transition motivated her to pursue a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Rice’s Jones Business School to emphasize the business viability of emerging trends, followed by immersion in clean-energy technologies.

Today she is an energy transition advocate with formal training in the renewable energy field, supporting sustainable and energy-efficient models for transformation. Further, she is successfully helping small businesses realize the transformation demanded by the ever-changing environment, focusing on sustainable growth and a customer-centric approach.

Stephen Brown works with policymakers and advocates to advance the United States national climate goals. His career spans over 20 years of government relations, public affairs, and sustainability experience. Stephen built Capital Assets Energy LLC, a successful clean energy development consulting firm that specialized in financing retrofits of commercial, non-profit, and multi-family properties with energy-efficient and renewable energy improvements. He also founded the Clean Energy Fund of Texas Inc (TxCEF), which focused on making the green economy affordable and just for all Texans.

Stephen holds a B.A. in political science from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Rice University. He resides in Houston, TX, with his wife and two sons. He is an avid tennis player and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. member.


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Zach Bridges created original music for this show. This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary at TreasureMint. The SEG podcast team is Jennifer Cobb, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis.

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