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    US DOE Announces Top Staffing Appointments

    Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in on February 25, 2021, as the 16th Secretary of Energy by Vice President Kamala Harris, following a broad bipartisan confirmation vote of 64-35 in the United States Senate. Secretary Granholm is only the second woman to lead the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

    “I am humbled by the faith President Biden has placed in me to lead this incredible team at the Department of Energy,” said Secretary Granholm. “DOE is powered by brilliant scientists, engineers, and energy policy experts who are the very best for the job we’ve been tasked with: to develop and deploy new clean energy technologies that will achieve the Administration’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and secure our nation’s future. I am so ready to work alongside them as we kickstart America’s clean energy revolution, create millions of good-paying union jobs, and deliver benefits to American workers and communities across the nation.”

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    On January 21, 2021, Kelly Speakes-Backman was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable nergy (EERE), and Acting Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy. In her role, Speakes-Backman leads and directs the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, focused on creating and sustaining American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. She oversees the planning and execution of the organization’s $2.8B portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation.

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