Nominee Announced for Key U.S. Renewable Energy Post

U.S. President George Bush has announced his selected nominee for the position of Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-04-19 <SolarAccess.com> David Garman is Chief of Staff to Alaska Republican Senator Frank Murkowski, and served as a staff member on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee from 1995 to 1998. He is a graduate of Duke University and received a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. Murkowski is chairman of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, and supports proposals to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development. In February, he introduced the National Energy Security Act to reduce U.S. dependence on energy imports. The legislation provides incentives to increase oil and gas production by 2011, and to direct 10 percent of royalty payments to a Renewable Energy Fund that will fund research of wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydroelectric technologies. The proposed legislation calls for a grant program to offset the cost of residential systems, including a grants of up to $3,000 per system based on $3 per watt of electricity output or equivalent. Garman would fill the post held by Dan Reicher under the Democratic administration of Bill Clinton.

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